Quote from the Huffington Post:
Celebrated this year on January 17, 2011, the holiday falls on the third Monday of January every year, right around King’s birthday, which is January 15. King would have been 82 this year.
His “I Have A Dream” speech was recited on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington. King spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
Perhaps the most famous of King’s speeches, the repetition “I have a dream” resonated with marches and became a symbol of civil rights. The speech was initially titled “Normalcy, Never Again,” but as King became more and more impassioned, he began to “preach” continuously repeating the phrase.
Watch King’s historic speech below.
PBS’ THE OPEN MIND
In 1957, Richard D. Heffner sat down with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Judge J. Waties Waring to discuss the subject of “The New Negro.”
The Seattle Times: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/special/mlk/
Martin Luther King Jr. has now been dead longer than he lived. But what an extraordinary life it was.
At 33, he was pressing the case of civil rights with President John Kennedy. At 34, he galvanized the nation with his “I Have a Dream” speech. At 35, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. At 39, he was assassinated, but he left a legacy of hope and inspiration that continues today.
This Web site, first created by The Seattle Times in 1996, contains the story of a remarkable man, images of a tumultuous time, and perspectives of politicians, academics, students and the many, ordinary citizens whose lives he touched. We invite you to explore it.
Civil rights as defined from the American Heritage Dictionary:
The rights belonging to an individual by virtue of citizenship, especially the fundamental freedoms and privileges guaranteed by the 13th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution and by subsequent acts of Congress, including civil liberties, due process, equal protection of the laws, and freedom from discrimination.
Civil rights are for all the people on this planet traversing the cosmos. No government has the right to abridge the inalienable rights of its people to be themselves and to live their lives.
We all share the same planet, but we all do not share the same freedoms and privileges. This is especially true for the women on this planet.
Women, all women in every country, should be allowed to reach their full potential. Their rights to education should not be a geopolitical decision. Every woman should have the right to pursue her dreams and to become what she wants, regardless of what geopolitical region she was born into on this orb.
Every person on this planet should be freed from political tyranny, religious suppression and dominance, and violence. Tyrannies of any kind should be eradicated from the human system.
We all share the same planet. We all are brothers and sisters sharing the same human genome. We should treat each other this way—as family.
If we are truly to become an advanced civilization which would be acceptable into a federation of planets if there is such a thing in this cosmos, we need to embrace our common human heritage and origins. Goodness sake, if we can’t treat each other with acceptance, civility and grace on this planet, how would we treat visitors from the cosmos?
Presently, with our primitive inclinations the out-there civilizations would be viewed as hostile aliens. On the other hand, to advanced civilizations out there we are the aliens—hostile and virulent.
A rainbow is a beautiful sight as the sun touches the rain and produces a chromatic display. If the sun and rain can produce a blended display of beauty in a rainbow, what is our problem with all of our resources, technology and intelligence?
Remember on the 17th day of January: I Have A Dream must be a shared dream by the whole global community—for every man, woman and child. How is it in your home? In your place of worship? Your place of work? In your local community? In your geopolitical region?
G. D. Williams © 2011
Listed is a section of the acceptance speech that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave at Oslo on December 10, 1964 as he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize:
“I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear annihilation.
I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.
I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.
I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men.
I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.
I believe that what self-centered men have torn down, men other-centered can build up.
I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed and nonviolent redemptive goodwill proclaimed the rule of the land. And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid.
I still believe that we shall overcome.”
The Morehouse College Glee Club performs “We Shall Overcome” [arranged by Wendell P. Whalum] @ the 2009 Candle on the Bluff Awards.