“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a 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 my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be judged, not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character…
“This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will transform the jangling discord of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to play together, knowing that we will be free one day!”
On 28 August 1963, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke these moving words to the 250 thousand people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They had come together in the March on Washington for racial equality, a march for liberty for his people and for all people.
The REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., the powerful voice behind the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, was a minister and keen admirer of Mahatma Gandhi, who told his followers to meet physical force with soul force. His life of self-sacrifice began on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, and ended when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee, four years after being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
“Love is the most durable power in the world. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do”
(Reprinted in the IYTA Newsletter, February, 2004)