Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the most passionate and remembered speeches in our nation's history. Today we remember those words. There will be a debate if enough has been done to help minorities, to help the poor and whether justice is color blind. The debates will continue not just this day but for years to come. Today though, our nation will gather again in recognition of the great Dr. Martin Luther KIng Jr. But today, Today they will hear from our nation's first African American president, President Barack Obama. Today's words will echo those of Dr. King. Dr. King's original words should never be forgotten but held out as a measurement of how we are doing as a country and a society. Never forget these words:
"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."
"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 not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
"I have a dream today."
"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"
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