We have 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 tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.
We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
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. This is our hope.
(excerpts from the I Have a Dream speech, given by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963)
What dream do I have? May it be bigger than me, bigger than my life.
May we stand with faith, hope and discipline. May we stand for justice. Let freedom ring!