The 15 best quotes from Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech

When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Salt Lake City, UT

In a related issue - surveillance. During the entire lead up to this remarkable speech, King's phone calls with his advisers were wire-tapped, ordered by Robert Kennedy, Attorney General, and compiled by J Edgar Hoover. And we think surveillance is a new issue! Hoover's analysis concluded with the observation that "King was the most dangerous Negro in America." Wow.

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

"until justice rolls down like water"... would that be advocating trickle-down equal rights?

Just kidding. I get what he was saying.

What in Tucket?
Provo, UT

Racism is a work in progress, but it is progressing despite people like Jesse Jackson.


Out of this list I best like the idea of judging a person, not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character.

I entirely agree but the minute I try to apply that formula to MLK I am censored by the moderator on these forums.

Sandy, UT

I think the characteristic that sets leaders like Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela apart is that not only did they want equal rights for their own, they wanted it for their "enemies." They wanted a world where there was unity and racial equality, where members of all races could live in peace and brotherhood.

Some others wanted - and still want - to raise the status of their own race by reducing or eliminating that of their former oppressors. Some advocate violence and/or contention as a means to get the equality they deserve. That sentiment is not in harmony with the teachings of men like King, Gandhi, and Mandela.

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