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A beautiful speech of mankind- "I have a dream" ev

Postby Equalizer » Tue, 15 May 2007 7:43 pm

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister famous speech..........
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"........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 state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of 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 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, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."²

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning



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Background:

In 1950's America, the equality of man envisioned by the Declaration of Independence was far from a reality. People of color — blacks, Hispanics, Orientals — were discriminated against in many ways, both overt and covert. The 1950's were a turbulent time in America, when racial barriers began to come down due to Supreme Court decisions, like Brown v. Board of Education; and due to an increase in the activism of blacks, fighting for equal rights.

Martin Luther King, Jr., a Baptist minister, was a driving force in the push for racial equality in the 1950's and the 1960's. In 1963, King and his staff focused on Birmingham, Alabama. They marched and protested non-violently, raising the ire of local officials who sicced water cannon and police dogs on the marchers, whose ranks included teenagers and children. The bad publicity and break-down of business forced the white leaders of Birmingham to concede to some anti-segregation demands.

Thrust into the national spotlight in Birmingham, where he was arrested and jailed, King organized a massive march on Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he evoked the name of Lincoln in his "I Have a Dream" speech, which is credited with mobilizing supporters of desegregation and prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The next year, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize


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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 16 May 2007 1:05 am

I see you and your alter ego, lotus sutra are back again with your inane cut & paste jobs. Your point being?

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Learn to appreciate the exquisite, ..........

Postby Equalizer » Wed, 16 May 2007 9:03 pm

Learn to appreciate the exquisite, refined and elegance of human endeavors and performance. Though the event happened half a century ago, it still evokes great inspirational emotions in all human mortals.

This is a beautiful speech which I think outclassed that of JFK ‘ Do not ask what the country can do for u…..blah blah blah…speech…..


This speech is a turning point in the history of man. For his effort, Martin Luther King. Jr was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.



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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 16 May 2007 9:55 pm

Shame you weren't called up to go to to go to Memphis like I was after the shooting. I was stationed in Ft. Wolters and had to fly a chopper to Memphis in support operations the following day. It was only a couple of months after leaving another combat zone half way around the world a week before the Tet offensive in January 1968. From one combat zone to another. I lived the history not just read about it. I also lived 16 miles from the first of the major race riots in the US in 1964 instigated by H Rap Brown in Cambridge Md. I was a Junior in High School at that time.

Talk to me about it. AFTER you have paid your dues. :roll:

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Postby Wind In My Hair » Wed, 16 May 2007 9:58 pm

Gotta love our SMS, all peaches and cream! :P

I have a dream... that cancer and AIDS will be diseases of the past, poverty be replaced with opportunity, men and women learn to understand and accept each other, and children are brought up to believe in all they can be instead of being told all they can't do.

Okay, not as elegant and powerful as Martin Luther's but at least my dream is current. And it's mine.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 16 May 2007 10:05 pm

Oops! Chastised again. :( My gatekeeper has shown up after a bit of absence. Guess "Puff the magic dragon" has got to crawl back into his cave again. :wink:

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Postby Plavt » Wed, 16 May 2007 10:17 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote: Guess "Puff the magic dragon" has got to crawl back into his cave again. :wink:


Pity Equalizer and Lotus Sutra don't or should that be their padded cells? :???:

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Postby Wind In My Hair » Wed, 16 May 2007 10:20 pm

Gosh I love that song! Heard that it's supposed to be an allegory for something but can't remember what. Can't even remember the lyrics to the song... it's been some time since my nephew was two.

Puff away, you old dragon. I'd be the last to tell you to stop, unless it would save you from a heart attack or something.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 16 May 2007 10:37 pm

For the VN vets like myself it was the nickname of the original Dakota gunship AC-47/DC-3.

http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-air ... y-puff.htm

Scroll to bottom of page to see "Spooky" in action at night! I only saw it in action one time. That was enough to make a believer outta me!

For those of my generation who liked to think it was drug related this is what Snopes has to say:

http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/puff.htm


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