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

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I have a dream that one day right there in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

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.

2 bits
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.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

We are about to make a decision with lasting consequences, with just as great an impact as segregation. I think it's important to remember a few things about Martin Luther King.

King was a family man.
King worshiped God.
King never supported gay marriage. (Ebony Magazine, 1958)

50 years later expressing a political opinion with any degree of religious conviction is threatened.
50 years later if we disagree with anyone we do not go our way, but we turn to litigious bullying instead.
50 years later, King's beliefs are being hijacked to support an agenda King himself never supported.

50 years from now what will be of the Family?
50 years from now what addictions will be made legal?
50 years from now what will today's children practice?

Without protecting religious expression today, what will the next 50 years hold?
Without protecting a child's right to a father & mother, what will the next 50 years hold?

With the Supreme Court finally hearing this issue out, the time to defend the constitution is now!
* The 1st amendment protects religious expression.
* Reynolds v US already set the precedent. This is a state issue.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

So 'What in Tucket' can take a shot at Jesse Jackson but the Dnews won't allow my innocuous comment about being surprised they published this article? Makes sense I suppose.

mid-state, TN

@I know it --

"King never supported gay marriage. (Ebony Magazine, 1958)"

MLK III: “One of the most significant persons -- the most significant person in fact -- who helped to organize the March on Washington was Mr. Bayard Rustin. And Mr. Bayard Rustin was openly gay. .... I think that as he worked to advocate for civil and human rights, he was talking for everyone, not just for people of color. That’s where my mom was throughout her life.”

Bernice King: civil rights included those who are “heterosexual or homosexual, or gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender.”

Coretta Scott King: "I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice," she said. "But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'" "I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people".

MLK's own wife and children knew him a lot better than you do.

salt lake, UT

@I know it

50 years later if we disagree with anyone we do not go our way, but we turn to litigious bullying instead."
You are familiar with brown vs. the board of education, right? at the time it was very much viewed as litigious bullying" by those that did not want to recognize others rights

"King never supported gay marriage. (Ebony Magazine, 1958)"
So you pick out one article, were he never actually mention SSM nor condemns homosexuality,and ignore the letters from king Rustin Barynard who besides being called a close friend and key adviser by MLK in Kings autobiography and who was also homosexual. Kings letter show great support and respect for Rustin. It also ignores the fact his wife and others close to him who very much disputes claims that MLK would not have supported gay rights. its great you found that one article that loosely supports your claims but hardly seems compelling in the larger picture of MLK's life work.

salt lake, UT

@i know it
"King was a family man." And?
"King worshiped God." And so did his most strident opponents, so what's your point ?
"Reynolds v US already set the precedent. This is a state issue." If it set precedent as a states rights issue then why did they strike down polygamy? If anything it refuted claims that it marriage is a states issue and that reigious expression does not automatically trump federal law. Loving vs Virginia also set precedent that the marriage is not simply a states right.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT


The Savior & our prophets inform us of truth. They also love us & befriend us when we struggle to follow it. The two are in no way exclusive. They weren't for Martin Luther King either. King knew that it was a problem to overcome, an addiction, and he felt it was acquired by cultural influence not by birth. Most importantly, he felt that those struggling with it should seek out help. So of course he was friends with others who were gay.

While you cite his relatives, I cited the man himself. There is no amount of spin that will change King's own words.

mid-state, TN

@I know it --

"While you cite his relatives, I cited the man himself."

You cited one brief quote made ten years before King's death.

In case you didn't notice, a LOT happened in those ten years. Believe it or not, people change and grow over the course of their lives.

Look instead at what MLK **did** and how he treated the people in his life. One of the chief architects of MLK's March on Washington was an openly gay man, Bayard Rustin. Rustin was a special assistant to King and once headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King refused to get rid of Rustin despite repeated complaints from homophobes.

In fact, MLK never made any public OR private comments condemning gays. Even the FBI wiretaps never turned up any such thing.

In addition to King's relatives, Rev. C.T. Vivian, who worked with King at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, says King would have championed gay rights today. “Martin was a theologian,” Vivian says. “Martin starts with the fact that God loves everybody, and all men and all women were created by God. He based his whole philosophy on God’s love for all people.”

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