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 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 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 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 a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
I have a dream. One day through my dreams the world will change. I may not see that day. I will strive for that dream. The dream is much much bigger than me. I cannot accomplish my dream by my own means. My dream is not about money, power, or things. Do you have a dream? Is it bigger than you? Can you do it on your own? Will it affect others? I dare you to dream beyond yourself. Seek that desire deep down inside of you. It is much beyond you, you were created for it, and only you can make the difference YOU were created for! Martin Luther King Jr’s dream went much beyond him. Even to his grave. Are you willing to even give your life up for your dream?