- Apr 7, 2013
Excerpts from Dr. King's "I have a dream" speech, 1963AUGUST 28, 1963 - March on Washington
"It was right... It was time; there needed to be a crescendo... It was one of the most unforgettable moments of my life."
~Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton
"I found Dr. King most engaging and he awakened my sensibilities to activism..."
"When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him"
~Bayard Rustin, architect of the March
"No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."
~Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Any of this sound like the March was about politicians like the POTUS hugging up with noted speakers? Any of this sound like President Obama is the culmination of those 250,000 people's reason and rationale for congregating? That with his election, we overcame and no longer have to protest because justice now rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream?
In a sense we have come to our nation's capital to cash a check.
we have 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. (i.e., bleed, suffer and wait 10, 20, 30 generations to be free)
Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. 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. 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.
When will you be satisfied?"
We can never 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.
Anyone STILL believe Martin would be down for a photo Op with the first black president?