Here is an excerpt from the beginning of Martin Luther King’s famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, August 28, 1963 before 200,000 people.
“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
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 one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression , will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today….”