This speech was delivered on 28 August, 1963 to some twolakh people who had gather in Washington for a peaceful demonstration to further the cause of equal rights for black Americans. The speech is widely regarded as a masterpiece. It is marked by the use of familiar, concrete words that create vivid images. The extensive use of repetition and parallelism reinforces the message and adds to the moment of the speech. The refrain “I have a dream” lends it a lyrica quality and enhances its impact.
I say to you today, my friends 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 leave out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truth to be
self-evident, that all men are created equal”.
I have a dream that one day on 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 adream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour 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 word 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 adream that every valley will be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plane and 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 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 in to a beautiful symphony of brother hood with this faith we will be able to work together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we wll be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning, “My Country ‘t is of these, sweet 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.
So let freedom ring frow the mighty mountains of New york. Let freedom ring from the heighteing Alleghenies of pennylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of Califonia!
But not only that. Let freedom ring from stone of mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from lookout mountain of Tennesse.
Let freedom ring from evere hill and mole hill of mississippi. From every mountainside, Let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring-when we let 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.