Free at Last! Free at Last!: Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Speech “I Have a Dream”

This is one of my favorite speeches of all time by this prominent American civil rights leader. Kudos to a certain PaulfromStokeUK for composing and blending the music so beautifully to this speech. So empowering, inspirational, emotional and beautiful! The text of his partial speech as follows:

“…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… 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 they 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 down 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, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains 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. 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.

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children 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. 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 Tenneessee.

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.”

4 Responses to “Free at Last! Free at Last!: Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Speech “I Have a Dream””

  1. Cassandra Williams Says:

    This was a wonderful speech not onli we r free at last we r able to work n communicate together we r so blessed to have people like u n dis world by inspiring us to fite for wat is rite god bless

  2. WC Says:

    Nice speech by Martin Luhter King Jr…. it has been inspiring thousands people….

  3. Anonymous Says:

    THIS SPEECH IS EXCELLENT AND MARTIN LUTHER KING TAUGHT ME TO FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT> GOD BLESS YOU MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AND THANKS FOR THE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. WE ARE FREE AT LAST. LET FREEDOM RAIN

  4. Ronald Court Says:

    Excellent speech by the most inspiring man since Booker T. Washington… and following in his footsteps.


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