One of the greatest speeches ever delivered by one of the greatest men who walked this earth.
Martin Luther King Jr. 28th August 1963.
I write this video blog on 28th August 2020. The anniversary of the day that one of the greatest men who walked this earth gave a legendary speech that is still revered today. I hold this man in the same reverence and respect I hold for Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: 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 violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.
There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, When will you be satisfied? We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: For Whites Only. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest — quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.
And so even though we face 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 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.
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:
My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!
The great man would be turning in his grave if he saw the actions of the current protests.
How you gain respect. Take the example of Stan Collymore and John Barnes.
I am a Liverpool supporter through and through. Let me tell you the story of two Liverpool legends. Stan Collymore and John Barnes.
He was signed from Nottingham Forest in 1995 for £8 million which was then a record. His first game was at home to Sheffield Wednesday. They were hurling all sorts of racial abuse and chanting “What a waste of money.”
Look at the goal he scored. From that moment on all you could hear from their supporters was pin drop silence. That’s how you gain respect.
I never forget standing on the Spion Kop when John Barnes came to Anfield. There were some Liverpool supporters who opposed a black man playing for Liverpool. However if you see the 2nd goal at the end of the video below then all those supporters were chanting the name “Johnny Barnes, Johnny Barnes.” The same supporters a few weeks later were wearing John Barnes t-shirts.
What you do is work hard, make a positive contribution and gain respect.
The example of the Jews.
I am proud and honoured to say I have Jewish friends. I am of Hindu background although I am not practising. Every year I invite them to Diwali our festival of lights. They always invite me to Hanukah their festival of lights. Despite that we stay in touch all year long!
Before watching this video please exercise caution. It is very distressing.
To the best of our knowledge, some 6 million Jews were killed under the rule of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist party. There may be more.
They are not demanding a tearing down of the concentration camps or rioting on the streets for several reasons.
- Jewish people obey the law.
- They have jobs to go to.
- They have businesses to run.
- They have families to raise.
Look at this video-see how wealthy they are.
When I was at school I was taught that if you have a job, thank a Jew. Somewhere along the line a Jew has created the wealth for you job to exist.
My recent visit to a Jewish wedding.
I live stream fitness classes across the internet (http://www.operationmumsinmind.com) One of my clients is a Jewish lady and before lockdown, she invited me to her wedding. Her husband is in property and is Jewish. His solicitor is Jewish. His accountant is Jewish. The food was provided by a Jewish caterer. The flowers came from a Jewish florist. All the presents came from a Jewish run store.
This constant recycling of money in their communities has led to considerable wealth being created.
Instead of the shenanigans and chaos, they’ve created the Black Lives Matter people should learn from the Jews. How many jobs have they created through their activities?
I am a business growth adviser. I have had a black business owner ring me. Her business was looted by black people and she’s ruined. She has had to lay off 5 of her staff who are all black. In what way have they helped anybody? I have to add that they do not represent the majority of decent, hardworking, law-abiding people of Afro-Caribbean background.
It’s time they learned from the Jews. Who will the authorities listen to? On the one hand, you have a bunch of people who go round destroying public property, assaulting people and who have ruined many lives and businesses.
On the other, you have a group of people who have been discriminated and persecuted in every way possible who create untold wealth, follow the law and are loved and respected worldwide.
The answer is obvious to me.
Picture taken from
- Martin Luther King-speech. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP4iY1TtS3s
- Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm#:~:text=I%20have%20a%20dream%20that%20one%20day%20every%20valley%20shall,flesh%20shall%20see%20it%20together.%22
- Fantastic Liverpool debut goal by Stan Collymore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCM5QXJ86Ns
- Top Ten John Barnes Goals For Liverpool FC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Yw27wSs6mI
- Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940–1945) (UNESCO/NHK) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Mc-jqRhlI
- Top 10 Richest Jews In the World https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiYiZnyYXog