“I have a dream that my four 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.”
~Martin Luther King Jr .
I read this speech by Martin Luther King Jr multiple times already. The first thing I did today on MLK day is to reread this inspiring speech by an inspiring man.
A few facts about this speech: 250000 people attended this speech in Washington. The words ‘I have a dream’ were spoken eight times during this speech. These words were almost not spoken until Mahalia Jackson, a singer, shouted at King to tell the audience “about the dream”.
A few other inspiring lines in this speech that remind me of Gandhiji’s messages of peace and non-violence are copied below.
“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 force. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
50 World’s Greatest Speeches is a small book with powerful words spoken by great men all around the world. I bought this on amazon and it took a while to arrive but it has been a great addition to my home library. This is not a book I intend to read cover to cover all at once. I pick it up whenever I have a few mins to myself and in the mood for some inspiration.
Happy MLK day! I will be spending a few minutes with my kids today talking about Martin Luther King in an age appropriate manner.