Monday, January 15, 2007

Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Sadly I was unable to take the holiday off to commemorate Martin Luther King, but would still like to express my admiration for the man today.

A few years ago I read his I Have a Dream speech in my diversity class and I was moved to tears by his powerful words. I'm including part of it here for you to read and a LINK if you would like to read all of it!


"This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


An Ordinary Mom said...

Great minds think alike ... I wrote almost the exact same post today :) !!

Tiffany said...

Thank you Amberli. I think we all needed to remember what this day is all about. Beautiful excerpt.

KamilahNYC said...

Thank you! I too read the speech each year. Gotta remember the roots!