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Transcript of MLK
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
A 16 minute turning point in American history
Political rally in Washington, D.C. calling for equal human rights (both civil and economic) for African Americans.
August 28, 1963
Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, 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 their captivity.
Nearly 300,000 people!
The Lincoln Memorial
"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- President Abraham Lincoln
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day [...] little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
- United States Declaration of Independence
In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence.
Nobel Peace Prize 1964
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."
"My Country, 'Tis of Thee"
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.
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!"
Civil Rights Act of 1964
Voting Rights Act of 1965
MLK Jr. had a dream.
President Obama and the Emancipation Proclamation
The "I Have a Dream" Legacy
Over 900 streets in America named after MLK Jr.!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January!
But more importantly:
Change in public perception.
A move towards equality.
What's your dream?
1. On what date was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom held?
2. In front of which U.S. President's memorial did Martin Luther King, Jr. give his speech?
3. Approximately how many people came to the March?
4. How much is 4 score? What year was 4 score and 7 years ago from today?
5. Where did the phrase "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" come from?
Fill in the blanks: I have a dream that my ____ little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by _________ but by __________.
" 'All men are created equal. They are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.'
This immortal statement was made in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America in 1776. In a broader sense, this means: All the peoples on the earth are equal from birth, all the peoples have a right to live, to be happy and free."
- Ho Chi Minh, Sept. 2, 1945