"I have a Dream"
by Martin Luther King Jr
[Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on
August 28, 1963]
Source: Martin Luther King, Jr: The Peaceful Warrior, Pocket Books, NY
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we
stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree
came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who
had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a
joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that
the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the
Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the
chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on
a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material
prosperity. One hundred years later . . .