A dream borne out of necessity, a dream birthed at a period when the black man was defined by the scourge of work he could offer and the burdens he could take.
Work hard at keeping your dream alive, no matter how fickle they seem for you never can tell how big or important it may become.
Keep your dream alive!
Many years gone by, August 28, 1963 exactly. Martin Luther King Jr. made profound proclamations about a dream he had had in his speech, “I have a dream.”
A speech that resounded from many years back unto our day.
Dr. King cried:
“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 still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream …”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
In his time, the struggle and fight against slavery and freedom for the black race was the in thing, it was the crusade all over the world. Because the black man had been made a subject of laughter and ridicule, a beast of burden and cynosure of every thing that represents shame and reproach.
He was not counted amongst other races of the world, he was considered wild and inferior, regarded and remembered for nothing but a tool or a machine deployed for the white man’s industries.
At that point, slavery was the very burden forcefully ladened on the black man’s shoulders. With shackled bound feet, fettered clamped hands they were matched into ships, sold out and deployed around the world to be used as beasts of burden.
The first thing that will come to the mind of my readers will be, “this is racists talk!”
But, no! Far from it!
I don’t intend to rock anybody boat, I am only trying to recall my history like we all try to remember where we are coming from and where we are headed to, we do try to remember those stories that brought us where we are, don’t we?
History helps us to look back to where we are coming from to project onto the future. Looking at the future from a different light, from the light of consolidating and rebuilding for a better and greater tomorrow.
Harsh treatments, backbreaking jobs and great sufferings was next door neighbors to the black race. The black man was a subject of hard labor and scorn. Unlike the white folks, the black man was considered a lower specie of human kind.
“I Have a Dream” was a public speech delivered during the Match on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.
Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., the speech was a defining moment of the civil rights movement and among the most iconic speeches in American history. Beginning with a reference to the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed millions of slaves in 1863, King said “one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.”
Toward the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme “I have a dream,” prompted by Mahalia Jackson’s cry: “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
In this part of the speech, which most excited the listeners and has now become its most famous, King described his dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred. Jon Meacham writes that, “With a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr. joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who have shaped modern America.”
The speech was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century in a 1999 poll of scholars of public address. Widely hailed as a masterpiece of rhetoric, King’s speech invokes pivotal documents in American history, including the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the United States Constitution.
Early in his speech, King alludes to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by saying “Five score years ago …” In reference to the abolition of slavery articulated in the Emancipation Proclamation, King says: “It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.” Anaphora (i.e., the repetition of a phrase at the beginning of sentences) is employed throughout the speech.
Early in his speech, King urges his audience to seize the moment; “Now is the time” is repeated three times in the sixth paragraph. The most widely cited example of anaphora is found in the often quoted phrase “I have a dream,” which is repeated eight times as King paints a picture of an integrated and unified America for his audience.
Other occasions include “One hundred years later”, “We can never be satisfied”, “With this faith”, “Let freedom ring”, and “free at last!”
King was the sixteenth out of eighteen people to speak that day, according to the official program.“I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal. I have a dream .”
— Martin Luther King Jr. (1963).
Among the most quoted lines of the speech are “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!”
According to U.S. Representative John Lewis, who also spoke that day as the president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, “Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized.
By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.”The ideas in the speech reflect King’s social experiences of ethnocentric abuse, the mistreatment and exploitation of blacks.
The speech draws upon appeals to America’s myths as “a nation founded to provide freedom and justice to all people, and then reinforces and transcends those secular mythologies by placing them within a spiritual context by arguing that racial justice is also in accord with God’s will.”Thus, the rhetoric of the speech provides redemption to America for its racial sins.
King describes the promises made by America as a “promissory note” on which America has defaulted. He says that “America has given the Negro people a bad check”, but that “we’ve come to cash this check” by marching in Washington, D.C.
SIMILARITIES AND ALLUSIONS:
King’s speech used words and ideas from his own speeches and other texts. For years, he had spoken about dreams, quoted from Samuel Francis Smith’s popular patriotic hymn “America” (“My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”), and referred extensively to the Bible. The idea of constitutional rights as an “unfulfilled promises” was suggested by Clarence Jones.
The final passage from King’s speech closely resembles Archibald Carey Jr.’s address to the 1952 Republican National Convention: both speeches end with a recitation of the first verse of “America”, and the speeches share the name of one of several mountains from which both exhort “let freedom ring”.
King also is said to have used portions of Prathia Hall’s speech at the site of a burned-down African American Church in Terrell County, Georgia, in September 1962, in which she used the repeated phrase “I have a dream”. The Church burned down after it was used for voter registration meetings.
The speech also alludes to Psalm 30:5 in the second stanza of that speech.
In the days, Martin saw in that darkness other black people could not see. But in in his words of encouragement, he told his black brothers who were also suffering the pants and trauma of the untold hardship the deadly disease, slavery mounted on them – inferiority.
He gave them the “I have a dream” speech, which became legendary in bolstering strength, hope revamped and propped up their failing hearts to a greater believe and enthusiasm, a never waning courage to keep up the faith they have held dearly even in the face of gruesome sufferings having the assurance that some day, these burdens will be rolled off their shoulders so they can breath again, freedom from the bondages that bended their knees and crushed their backs.
THE AUDACITY OF HOPE:
The advent of Barack Obama into the leadership role, as the first African American president finally sealed Dr. King’s dream.
Whether King believed the prophecy he made or not, God honored the words spoken from a true and sincere heart of a repentant man. Dr. King was a seasoned man of God. He was true to his words, a lover and preacher of truth.
God is good all the times. No doubts, His words stands sure!The integrity of the Man of God was impeccable. God heard his plight and finally brought succour to the black race.
Times have changed, life has evolved totally, August 1963 was gone and far forgotten. America had had lots of eventful times, things that happened that brought great transformations to their ways of life, their ways of thinking and the way they view things.
The biggest of such events that culminates these changes being the 9/11 attack. It was a great disaster on America. The twin towers came crashing down as chaff before fire. This singular event affected almost every nationality resident in America.
It was not wasn’t just an attack on America or Americans, it was an attack on the entire world because the world trade center houses businesses and people from almost every nation in the world. If people were not there to trade, they were there to buy or conduct one transaction or the other or any thing else would have taken them there – tourists visit to see things.
President Barack Hussein Obama came into the scene and made history. He made alive Dr. King’s dream. King spoke his dream in prophecy, as a man of God that he was, he spoke the mind of God and we saw it come to pass today.
Fifty years after the most iconic civil rights speech in history, President Barack Obama championed himself as evidence of the progress that has been made on racial equality.
But in a speech delivered today at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony – which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech – Obama also took keen note of how much progress the nation still has to make.“The arc of the moral universe may bend toward justice, but it does not bend on its own,” Obama said in a speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
Obama opened the speech by remembering the historical implications of the marches, using the refrain “…because they marched,” while reciting the accomplishments of King and the broader civil rights movement. “Because they marched, America became more free and more fair,” Obama said. “Because they kept marching, America changed.” And, yes, he said – eventually, the White House changed, too.
But later in his speech, he mentioned the less-remembered part of King’s “March on Washington” – that marchers came not only seeking justice, but also jobs. Those “who gathered 50 years ago were not there in search of some abstract ideal. They were seeking jobs as well as justice,” he said.“The gap in wealth between races has not lessened, it’s grown,” Obama said.
And at his speech’s end, he urged people to “keep marching.” Here was the end of his speech: We might not face the same dangers of 1963, but the fierce urgency of now remains. We may never duplicate the swelling crowds and dazzling procession of that day so long ago.
No one can match King’s brilliance, but the same flame that lit the heart of all who are willing to take a first step for justice, I know that flame remains.
That tireless teacher who gets to class early and stays late and dips into her own pocket to buy supplies because she believes that every child is her charge, she’s marching.
That successful businessman who doesn’t have to but pays his workers a fair wage and offers a shot to a man, maybe an ex-con, who’s down on his luck, he’s marching.
The mother who pours her love into her daughter so she grows up with the confidence to walk through the same doors as anybody’s son, she’s marching.
The father who realizes the most important job he’ll ever have is raising his boy right, even if he didn’t have a father, especially if he didn’t have a father at home, he’s marching.
The battle scarred veterans who devote themselves not only to helping their fellow warriors stand again and walk again and run again but to keep serving their country when they come home, they are marching.
Everyone who realizes what those glorious patriots knew on that day, that change does not come from Washington but to Washington. The change has always been built on our willingness. We, the people, to take on the mantle of citizenship, you are marching.
That’s the lesson of our past. That’s the promise of tomorrow. That in the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it.
Barack Obama joined a list of speakers at the “Let Freedom Ring” event that included former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as Rep. John Lewis, the only living speaker from the 1963 event at the 50th anniversary.
Obama’s speech as the first African-American president also came five years to the day after he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.
Oh! How beautiful the words of Dr. King.
With the seemingly unending hardships, the vagaries of slavery and hard tortures suffered from many years ago, who would have thought that the black man would one day become one of world’s powerful and most influential citizens? But as Obama said in his speech, “…that change does not come from Washington, but to Washington…”Obama’s emergence as president of America brought alive the Martin Luther King’s dream.
The mammoth crowd that gathered that day from every nation, and those from different nations of the world who watched and followed the events from their home countries, awaiting to applaud the good news and celebrate with America on that landmark achievement the White House has recorded in many years.
Hope was restored, peace, love and harmony reigned again in the hearts of men – knowing that this development is rare, new and laudable in the history of the world.
Truly, from that day onward, America has lived the true meaning of its creed as a nation founded to provide freedom and justice to all people. And slavery was completely banished, racism and sectionalism brought to an end. The black race once again, lives as free men. Finally, taking up their positions at the tables and leagues of races as free moral agents, giving and taking; and sharing their knowledge, wisdom and abilities with the rest of the world that was once harsh and mean to them – love and forgiveness is synonymous to the black race.
God bless the BLACK RACE, God bless AFRICA, God bless AMERICA and God bless the WORLD upon whose shoulders we are borne.
God bless us all!