I am pleased to sign up for with you today in what will go down ever sold as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the annals of our country. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Daybreak to get rid of the long night of their captivity It came as a joyous.
Negro is still not free. A hundred years later, the life span of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. Negro lives on the depressed island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. Negro is still languished in the sides of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land.
And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we’ve come to your nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic published the wonderful words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (Yeah), they were signing a promissory take note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a guarantee that men, yes, dark men as well as white men (My Lord), would be assured the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the quest for happiness.
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It is obvious today that America has defaulted with this promissory be aware insofar as her residents of color are concerned. Of honoring this sacred obligation Instead, America has given the Negro people a negative check, a check which has keep coming back proclaimed insufficient money. But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We won’t believe that there are inadequate funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.
America of the brutal urgency of now. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. It would be fatal for the country to overlook the urgency of as soon as. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent (Yes) will not pass until there can be an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality.
1963 is no end, but a newbie. And the ones who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the country profits to business as typical. You will see neither rest nor tranquility in the us before Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to tremble the foundations of our country until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I have to say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of getting our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by taking in from the cup of bitterness and hatred.