——Martin Luther King, Jr.



I am happy to join with you today in whatwill go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in thehistory of our nation.


I have a dreamtoday.

我今天有一个 梦想。

I have a dreamthat one day down in Alabama,with its vicious racists, with its governorhaving his lips dripping with thewords of interposition and nullification; oneday right down in Alabama littleblack boys and black girls will be able tojoin hands with little white boys andwhite girls as sisters and brothers.


I have a dreamtoday.


I have a dream that one day every valleyshall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall bemade low, the rough placeswill be made plains and the crooked places will be made straight and the gloryof the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.


This is our hope. This is the faith that Igo back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of themountain of despair a stone of hope.

With this faith we will be able totransform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautify ulsymphony ofbrotherhood.


Let freedom ring from every hill andmolehill of Mississippi, from every mountainside.


Let freedom ring.


And when this happens, and when we allowfreedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement and every hamlet, fromevery state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all ofGod's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants andCatholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old negrospiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free atlast."