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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

On our way to the promised land

Here's the transcript of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, which includes the unfashionable call for judging people on "the content of their character" rather than the color of their skin.

What are the other great speeches in U.S. history?

I'm a fan of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address. Do school teach these?

Here's King's final speech: "I have been to the mountaintop . . . And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. . . . I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord."

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JK Brown
JK Brown
Jan 15

"Those who inherited the leadership of the Civil Rights movement looked deep into the content of their character...and decided they'd best be judged by the color of their skin or they were in trouble."

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