MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday of January in the United States. On this day Americans celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an American civil rights leader, who fought for the freedom, equality and dignity of all races and peoples. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and assassinated in 1968.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation...
...this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.... I have a dream...
...I have a dream that one day out in the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood....
...I have a dream that my four little children will one day live an a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by their character.
I have a dream today.
... let freedom ring! And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every tenement 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 spiritual, "Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last."
I HAVE A DREAM SPEECH (Full text)