Words Matter Library: 56th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Welcome to the words matter library. Welcome two words matter. I'm katie barlow. Our goal is to promote objective reality as a wise man once said everyone is entitled to their own opinion and not their own facts words have power and words have consequences fifty six years ago this week. The march on washington for jobs and freedom was held in the nation's capital on wednesday august twenty eighth nineteen sixty three more than two hundred. I'm fifty thousand people turned out to advocate for the civil and economic rights of black americans. It was here standing in front of the lincoln memorial israel at the reverend dr martin luther king junior delivered his historic. I have a dream speech. It was one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement and one of the most iconic speeches in all of american history more than one hundred years after emancipation. Dr keith explained to the country into the world. How black americans were still not free five years ago. A great american who symbolic shadow we stand today signed the emancipation improperly this momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions in sydney gross slave who had been seared in the flames of weathering injustice it came mesler joyous daybreak to end the long night of that tippety but at one hundred years later the nick role still is not free one hundred years later. The life of the negro is still sapling crippled by the manacles of segregation they shouldn't and the chains of discrimination one hundred years later negro lives on a lonely arlen of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later negro is still languished in the corners of american society and finds himself in exile in his own land so we've come here today to dramatize shameful name full condition dr king considered the words in the declaration of independence and the united states constitution as a sacred obligation and when he believed the founders and their descendants should be held accountable for innocence. We've come to our nation's capital to to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent word solve the constitution institution and the declaration of independence they were signing a promissory note to whichever it american was to fall out this noteworthy promise all men yes black men as well as white men and would be guaranteed the full rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness it is obvious today that america has defaulted on this promissory insofar as her citizens of off color are concerned instead of honoring this sacred obligation america has given the negro he groped people a bad check check which is comeback mock insufficient funds but we refuse ooh to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that that i- insufficient funds and the great bolts of opportunity of this nation and so we've come to cash this check out check that will give us a pun demand the riches the the freedom and the security of justice dr king also spoke to those white leaders like president john f. kennedy who supported him and the civil rights movement but urged caution patients and gradual change. We have also 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 tranquilising drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real. The promises of democracy now is the time arrives from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path pass the racial justice. Now is the time lift our nation from the quicksands. The racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood now is the time to make justice reality. Take all of god's children it would be fatal for the nation to overlook their gency of the moment this sweltering summer of the negro's legitimate discontent will not pass onto that is an invigorating the alternates of freedom and equality nine thousand nine hundred sixty three is not an end but a beginning those who hope that app the negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content. We'll have a rude awakening. If the nation returns to business there's usual despite the injustice the inequity and the impression that his people people suffered under dr king described his hope that freedom and equality could rise from the ashes of segregation and hatred so even though so we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow. I still have a dream it. It is a dream deeply rooted in the american dream. I have a dream that one being this nation asian will rise up live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these choose to be self evident that all men are created. Aw i have a dream i four little children will one day live nation where they will not be judged by the color of skin but by the content of that character. I have a dream. The historian jon meacham writes with a single phrase martin luther king junior joined jefferson and lincoln in the ranks of those who have profoundly shaped america for dr king and millions of others america would only become great when this dream was fully realised and this country finally lived up to its founding words movie would be the day when all look god's children able to sing with new meaning my country tears of the sweet land of liberty of saying land where my fathers died land of the pilgrim's pride from every mountainside let freedom ring and if america ever kissed me a great nation. This must become true. Let freedom ring from the covers of california but not on the bat. Let freedom ring from stone mountain georgia let freedom rating from lookout mountain tennessee aw freedom ring that bring hill and moan mississippi every mouth in let freedom ring and winded when we allow freedom when we met at ring from every village and never hamlet from every state and every city we will be able to speed up that all children black mcminn and quite men twos and ten thousand protestant and catholic we'll be able to turn homes and singing the dick bros spirit toll free at last. We appreciate aw thank you for listening to words matter for more information on our show and hosts visit words matter media dot com please rate and review words matter on apple podcasts and other podcast providers.