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“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Motivation Mondays: MLK Day - I Have A Dream Speech

Motivation Mondays: MLK Day – I Have A Dream Speech

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day,(January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968, ) I’ve decided to share both the video and script of his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial on that fateful day in 1963. It is remarkable that the refrain “I Have a Dream” was not part of the planned speech but I am grateful that he was so inspired to utter those famous four words. Enjoy the memories and read up on other posts I have shared over the years on Dr. King. May his spirit and message continue to resonate with us.

In his iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial for the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, King urged America to “make real the promises of democracy.” King synthesized portions of his earlier speeches to capture both the necessity for change and the potential for hope in American society.

MLK SPEECH: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. [applause]

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves [Audience:] (Yeah) who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. (Hmm)

But one hundred years later (All right), the Negro still is not free. (My Lord, Yeah) One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. (Hmm) One hundred years later (All right), the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later (My Lord) [applause], the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. (Yes, yes) And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense, we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence (Yeah), they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men (My Lord), would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. (My Lord) Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds. [enthusiastic applause] (My Lord, Lead on, Speech, speech)

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. (My Lord) [laughter] (No, no) We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. (Sure enough) And so we’ve come to cash this check (Yes), a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom (Yes) and the security of justice. (Yes Lord) [enthusiastic applause]

We have also come to this hallowed spot (My Lord) to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. (Mhm) This is no time (My Lord) to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. [applause] (Yes, Speak on it!) Now is the time (Yes it is) to make real the promises of democracy. (My Lord) Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time [applause] to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time (Yes) [applause] (Now) to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent (Yes) will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. (My Lord) 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. (Yes) And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. [enthusiastic applause] There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

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“And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

“I Have a Dream,” Address Delivered at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
King, Martin Luther, Jr. (Southern Christian Leadership Conference)
Date: August 28, 1963
Location: Washington, D.C.
Genre: Audio Speech
Topic: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963
Audio: Listen to Audio

MLK SPEECH CONTD: But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: in the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. (My Lord, No, no, no, no) [applause] We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. (My Lord) Again and again (No, no), we must rise to the majestic heights (Yes) of meeting physical force with soul force. (My Lord) The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people (Hmm), for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny [sustained applause], and they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” (Never) We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. (Yes) We can never be satisfied [applause] as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. [applause] We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. (Yes) We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating for whites only. [applause] (Yes, Hallelujah) We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. (Yeah, That’s right, Let’s go) [applause] No, no, we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters (Yes) and righteousness like a mighty stream. [applause] (Let’s go, Tell it)

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. (My Lord) Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. (My Lord, That’s right) Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution (Yeah, Yes) and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith (Hmm) that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi (Yeah), go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities (Yes), knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. (Yes) Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. (My Lord)

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“I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream,” he started before launching into his most famous passage. “I have a dream that one day 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,’” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Motivation Mondays: MLK Day - I Have A Dream Speech

Motivation Mondays: MLK Day – I Have A Dream Speech

MLK SPEECH CONTD: “I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream,
I say to you today, my friends [applause], so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow (Uh-huh), I still have a dream. (Yes) It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. (Yes)

I have a dream (Mhm) that one day (Yes) this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed (Hah): “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” (Yeah, Uh-huh, Hear hear) [applause]

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia (Yes, Talk), 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 (Yes) [applause] that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice (Yeah), sweltering with the heat of oppression (Mhm), will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream (Yeah) [applause] that my four little children (Well) will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (My Lord) I have a dream today. [enthusiastic applause]

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists (Yes, Yeah), with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” (Yes), one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today. [applause] (God help him, Preach)

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted (Yes), every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain (Yes), and the crooked places will be made straight (Yes), and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed [cheering], and all flesh shall see it together. (Yes Lord)

This is our hope. (Yes, Yes) This is the faith that I go back to the South with. (Yes) With this faith (My Lord) we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. (Yes, All right) With this faith (Yes) we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation (Yes) into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. (Talk about it) With this faith (Yes, My Lord) we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together (Yes), to stand up for freedom together (Yeah), knowing that we will be free one day. [sustained applause]

This will be the day, this will be the day when all of God’s children (Yes, Yeah) will be able to sing with new meaning: “My country, ‘tis of thee (Yeah, Yes), sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. (Oh yes) Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride (Yeah), from every mountainside, let freedom ring!” (Yeah)

And if America is to be a great nation (Yes), this must become true. So let freedom ring (Yes, Amen) from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. (Uh-huh) Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. (Yes, all right) Let freedom ring (Yes) from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. (Well) Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. (Yes) But not only that: (No) Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. [cheering] (Yeah, Oh yes, Lord) Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. (Yes) Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. (Yes) From every mountainside (Yeah) [sustained applause], let freedom ring.

And when this happens [applause] (Let it ring, Let it ring), and when we allow freedom ring (Let it ring), when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city (Yes Lord), we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children (Yeah), black men (Yeah) and white men (Yeah), Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics (Yes), will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: “Free at last! (Yes) Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” [enthusiastic applause]
Source: MLKEC-INP, Martin Luther King, Jr. Estate Collection, In Private Hands © Copyright Information

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148 Comments leave one →
  1. Erica Johnson permalink
    19/01/2021 3:07 am

    I’ve always been inspired by Dr. King and the impact he had and still has in this world. Thank you for posting this speech in it’s entirety.

  2. renee permalink
    19/01/2021 4:28 am

    One of my favorite American heroes of all time!

  3. downthehobbitholeblogone1 permalink
    19/01/2021 5:46 am

    I listened to his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” and watched Selma yesterday. So, so powerful. He was such an amazing writer and orator! This is a great post and a good reminder that justice isn’t a guarantee. He’s definitely inspirational! -Sarah

  4. Ben permalink
    19/01/2021 5:48 am

    That speach moves me every time I read it. I grew up in the south where racism is rampant, and it never set well with me, even as a white kid in a white neighborhod who had never met a Black person. We still need to find this dream.

  5. SiennyLovesDrawing permalink
    19/01/2021 5:50 am

    thanks for sharing this, a detailed one & have enjoyed my read. Also start to think about my dream & to fulfil

  6. Brianne permalink
    19/01/2021 5:55 am

    I think everyone in the country needs to read this speach and then re-read it. I can’t think of a time in the past several years when this was more important than it is right now.

  7. Carrie Ann permalink
    19/01/2021 6:34 am

    I never knew that Dr. King’s planned speech didn’t originally include the refrain “I had a dream”! Such a powerful message, and one that we need to revisit, and often, until we finally have racial equality in the US. It’s so disheartening to know that almost 60 years later we haven’t made much progress toward that goal.

  8. Monidipa Dutta permalink
    19/01/2021 10:36 am

    Co-incidently, just in moring today I was discussing with an American friend about MLK. And I mut say, his words have been really inspiring!

  9. bye:myself permalink
    19/01/2021 11:24 am

    It’s very touching reading about this great man one day before another not so great man leaves the White House. Your post is a reminder about the long way we’ve come – but still need to go.

  10. Oscar Oganiza permalink
    19/01/2021 2:35 pm

    MLK is one of America’s greatest heroes. The leader of race equality.

  11. Kenneth permalink
    19/01/2021 4:58 pm

    Happy MLK day U.S.A also to my florida families…mom dad sisters and their families..MLK is a great symbol of unity and equality to all mankind regardless of color and race

  12. Merveille permalink
    19/01/2021 5:05 pm

    Every year I learn more about Martin Luther King jr. and every year I am more so pleasantly surprised. The man was truly a genius all around. His work and determination did not go unnoticed. There is so much wisdom within that speech that still applies today. Thank you for this reminder and happy MLK day

  13. 19/01/2021 9:46 pm

    Dr King set a remakable example, he was proud and kind, qualities that we all should espire to take after.
    I love your motivation series! 🙂

  14. sumit permalink
    19/01/2021 11:16 pm

    one of the most powerful speeches ever spoken. Glad that you bought this topic up for us to pause and motivate each other.

  15. Hayley permalink
    20/01/2021 2:27 am

    Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech is definitely iconic and has gone down in history. Although we have definitely moved in a positive direction in terms of freedom and equality, I wonder if this will ever be achieved.

  16. Marysa permalink
    20/01/2021 3:08 am

    It is important more than ever to strive for better. I am still in shock from the events at the Capitol and can’t believe how much hate and racism is in the world. I have always been inspired by MLK and I wish things were so much better right now. I feel like we have regressed a lot in the past couple years.

  17. aisasami permalink
    20/01/2021 3:49 am

    King was such an remarkable and influential man that many should listen to. I think the world need to heed by his words.

  18. knycx permalink
    20/01/2021 3:49 am

    Such an impactful and iconic moment in the course of history, thanks for revisiting this important moment and the positive thinking and energy.

  19. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    20/01/2021 4:47 am

    He was such a great hero. I wish all other the globe people payed more attention to his life work and honor his memorie

  20. steven morrisette permalink
    20/01/2021 4:59 am

    What a great man Martin Luther King was. certainly made a huge difference.

  21. crisshex88 permalink
    20/01/2021 5:44 am

    The best motivations come from the strength of history and great men like him!

  22. jaye shields permalink
    20/01/2021 5:54 am

    What an incredible speech and an incredible man. I’ve been able to visit the Civil Right museum and it was both humbling and inspiring.

  23. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    20/01/2021 8:47 am

    I didn’t even know it was MLK Day until later in the night. My days are blending together. I did not know that he did not originally intent to include I have a dream. Goes to show having an emotional reaction and passion for what you are doing brings out the words that still stick with people today.

  24. milaroko permalink
    20/01/2021 9:57 am

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is my hero. But why politicians nowadays do everything opposite way?

  25. krizziascollon permalink
    20/01/2021 5:52 pm

    What a legacy! Thank you for sharing this and for raising awareness!

  26. Mike A. permalink
    20/01/2021 5:56 pm

    Such an iconic man, and an iconic speech.

  27. Angela permalink
    21/01/2021 12:22 am

    Mind blowing Article always inspiring . We cannot walk alone – so true.Thanks for sharing

  28. Angelica permalink
    21/01/2021 4:06 am

    His speech never gets old. Its timeless and always inspiring.

  29. permalink
    21/01/2021 4:31 am

    I heard a lot about Martin Luther and his historical speech, even way back here in the philippines. Truly inspiring!

  30. Emily Fata permalink
    21/01/2021 5:17 am

    This is such an important day for not just Americans, but the WORLD, to acknowledge. And now you have a new president as well, bringing further hope to the American nation. 🙂

  31. Toni permalink
    21/01/2021 6:10 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I think MLK Day is one of the most interesting holiday.

  32. yudithnapitupulu permalink
    21/01/2021 8:54 am

    Marthin Luther is influenced people around the world. He advocated for peaceful approaches to some of society’s biggest problems. He is good motivator with ” i have dream”

  33. Nkem permalink
    22/01/2021 3:00 am

    It is indeed a great speech with a great message. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Fransic verso permalink
    22/01/2021 6:31 am

    Great and inspiring words. I always listen to motivational speeches from great people as a reminder. Thank you for sharing this!

  35. permalink
    22/01/2021 11:41 am

    Such powerful words from this man and hopefully we’re heading into a better future for everybody

  36. Jasmine E. permalink
    22/01/2021 12:53 pm

    Wow. It’s so crazy to read his words and know that these are still problems that we are facing in this nation today. Even today are will still crippled by the chains of discrimination while living in exile on a lonely island of poverty. These were real issues that we’ve faced over 50 years ago, and these are issues that I’m afraid we may still deal with 50 years from now. I used to be very hopeful that things will get better, but now, I’m not so sure. I will say, I’m glad that we’ve come father than where we were back then, but we still have so far to go. Thanks for sharing and reminding us of MLK’s words.

  37. Oscar Oganiza permalink
    22/01/2021 1:37 pm

    MLK is one of Americas greatest heroes. Pushing the race equality.

  38. Cookappetite permalink
    22/01/2021 10:35 pm

    MLK will forever be remembered not only in america but in the entire world, especially among blacks. He really had a dream. If only he had lived to fulfil his dream.

  39. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    23/01/2021 3:19 am

    legendary speech! i am grateful to my high school teacher who showed it to us as a part of English lesson. it is important to be taught it everywhere

  40. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    23/01/2021 4:28 am

    I would have loved to be there to hear his speech. It should never be forgotten! It is one of the all time greatest speeches in History. It was just as important then as it is now. We should be come together as one

  41. marjiemare permalink
    23/01/2021 9:50 am

    This speech has inspired so many. Thanks for sharing and bring back hope to us.

  42. Jenny permalink
    24/01/2021 7:52 am

    This speech and the words “I have a dream” is so powerful still today, gives me goosebumps reading through it.

  43. bye:myself permalink
    24/01/2021 8:57 am

    Dr. Martin Luther King is such an important personality and such an inspiration. He had to go far too early – and I would love to know what he had to say to some of the recent events….

  44. Roshanna21 permalink
    24/01/2021 3:51 pm

    The impact that his man and his work has on the world will always be great, what he represented and thought us will proever be cherished. Thanks for sharing this article.

  45. pacioalita9 permalink
    24/01/2021 11:42 pm

    Such a remarkable day and moment. It is truly inspiring

  46. Anosa Malanga permalink
    25/01/2021 12:06 am

    Indeed such a powerful speech. He is definitely one of the persons that I love reading quotable quotes too.

  47. Erik the Hungry Traveller permalink
    26/01/2021 2:27 am

    His Legacy will live on for decades. Thank you for sharing this and inspiring us with his words.

  48. Brianne permalink
    26/01/2021 2:30 am

    This speach has always touched me so deeply. I’m white, and I was born into a family that meant I never had to struggle. BUT I’ve always been keenly aware that I was very blessed and that there are so many out there, especially in the Black community, that struggle against a system stacked against them.

  49. Colleen Lanin permalink
    26/01/2021 2:34 am

    He was one of the greatest individuals of our time. I’m always uplifted when I read this and then saddened when I remember that although there have been great strides, his dream is still far from complete.

  50. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    26/01/2021 4:40 am

    LOVE THIS!! I was just literally talking about Martin Luther King yesterday – an inspiration and all the motivation I need for today xx

  51. Emily Fata permalink
    26/01/2021 4:45 am

    The “I Have a Dream” speech never fails to send goosebumps across my arms every single time that I hear it. It’s so incredibly moving.

  52. Luna S permalink
    26/01/2021 5:36 am

    Thanks for packing so much info into this post, My computer speakers don’t work on the computer I am using so it is nice being able to read it as well. Great post!

  53. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    26/01/2021 7:26 am

    He was an amazing and inspirational person. Definitely made a huge difference and taught us something.

  54. Gervin Khan permalink
    26/01/2021 7:34 am

    Truly a great day for everyone, an amazing men that captured everyone’s heart in fight for equality, honor and respect that everyone should have. It’s definitely a glorious day to honor a well respected man.

  55. Elizabeth Ervin permalink
    26/01/2021 8:13 am

    Powerful man, words and message. It saddens me at how much farther we need to go. And worse, how half of America still does not get it. All these years later…

  56. Hang Around The World permalink
    26/01/2021 10:24 am

    This post is so informative e motivational. I loved reading it, I needed it. This kind of post is one of my favorite. You are a good writer. – Paolo

  57. emman damian permalink
    26/01/2021 10:46 am

    I got really moved by Martin Luther King’s speech. It’s so inspirational. I wish I was there to witness it.

  58. cinny permalink
    26/01/2021 2:18 pm

    Freedom and equality are precious things. It unfortunately is still work in progress.

  59. marjiemare permalink
    26/01/2021 2:26 pm

    This speech has inspired so many. Each time I read it or hear it, it brings hope to me.

  60. Kenneth permalink
    26/01/2021 5:07 pm

    very inspiring person not just for one race or color….i hope everyone agree

  61. imbuedman permalink
    27/01/2021 3:58 am

    I’m a massive follower of MLK, so, to read this very rich article of yours was pure joy. I didn’t want it to end. Thanks.

  62. littlemisadvencha permalink
    27/01/2021 5:08 am

    This one is such an unforgettable speech representing the hopes and dreams of all the blacks who have been struggling for their rights and freedom. A very great read, indeed!

  63. sumit permalink
    27/01/2021 6:25 am

    i think this post and the theme is so relevant to not only present day America but also to so many other countries which are witnessing breakdown of the very social fabric that held them together

  64. Fransic verso permalink
    27/01/2021 6:35 am

    He was a big legend and did a lot of great. stuff. Thank you for sharing this. My brother was talking about him the other day as well

  65. pacioalita9 permalink
    27/01/2021 5:09 pm

    A very remarkable, inspiring part of the history. I can listen to this guy over and over

  66. Merveille permalink
    27/01/2021 6:32 pm

    Martin Luther King has forever been engraved into history. His courage and determination is such an inspiration. One can only hope to have such strong convictions and carry them out peacefully. The first for racial injustice in the world is still not over.

  67. WanderlustBeautyDreams permalink
    27/01/2021 6:38 pm

    He was such a visionary and powerful person with a great message to spread. His speeches have always been iconic and stand true to this day.

  68. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    28/01/2021 12:12 am

    I didn’t know this deep about this great man and I thank you for this post. This was a great read!

  69. Denise permalink
    28/01/2021 2:19 am

    What a moving and beautiful speech from Martin Luther King Jr. I don’t know much about him but this piece says a lot about him and his heart for the people. Thanks for sharing!

  70. Hannah permalink
    28/01/2021 3:47 am

    I’m so happy that there is a day to celebrate this wonderful man who has helped in changing history for all of us. I will never forget the infamous I have a dream speech…it makes me a tear up a bit every time.

  71. Roshanna21 permalink
    28/01/2021 5:28 am

    “…That all men are created equally”. Martin Luther King was a legend and had such great impact on America.

  72. bye:myself permalink
    28/01/2021 10:33 am

    After four difficult years, I’m sure Dr. Martin Luther King would be quite happy with recent events… 😉

  73. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    28/01/2021 11:34 pm

    I wonder if ever was a speech more inspiring and better ‘said’ than “I have a dream”

  74. Clarice permalink
    29/01/2021 7:22 am

    MLK’s words is indeed inspiring. This actually is the first I have read the full script and it has awakened my patriotism. Thank you for sharing.

  75. pacioalita9 permalink
    29/01/2021 3:18 pm

    I am obsessed with your articles about Martin Luther. I can read them every single day

  76. Ting permalink
    29/01/2021 4:25 pm

    Great quote from Martin Luther King! Just what I needed to get motivated this week

  77. April permalink
    30/01/2021 2:10 am

    I’ve always loved this speech so much. I’m a firm believer in the power of love, hope,and standing up for what’s right. Unfortunately, we’re still in short supply of that even today.

  78. Claudia permalink
    30/01/2021 2:13 am

    The I Have a Dream speech is one of my favorites of all time. Across all of history, there are no speeches that can stand up to the message of this one.

  79. renee permalink
    30/01/2021 3:22 am

    I never had the chance to read the entire speech and it brought me to tears!

  80. WritesandBlogs permalink
    30/01/2021 8:46 am

    Inspiring speech from a great leader, so much to learn and be influenced in life. His thoughts and ideas were so powerful.

  81. Oscar Oganiza permalink
    30/01/2021 3:10 pm

    That speech have been the catalyst of change in the United States of America. The “I HAVE A DREAM” Speech of MLK

  82. yudithnapitupulu permalink
    31/01/2021 10:23 am

    The worst thing about Mondays for most people is rushing to head out the door. So yeah, I really need this motivation

  83. AutumninAtlanta permalink
    31/01/2021 11:38 am

    What a wonderful tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. I read his “Letter from Birmgham Jail” to my children on the day.

  84. Sandy N Vyjay permalink
    01/02/2021 2:32 am

    MLK’s speech is iconic and one of the most stirring moments in the history of the world. Thanks for sharing here.

  85. Neely permalink
    01/02/2021 7:39 am

    I love listening to his speech. I truly wish when people quoted him they wouldn’t just take bits and piecs. Thank you for this!

  86. Stephanie permalink
    01/02/2021 3:35 pm

    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever read through the entire speech before. I did learn more about MLK when I was helping my boys with their homework and also subbing at the school the last couple of weeks.

  87. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    02/02/2021 1:33 am

    What in inspiring post for sure. Such a great man and the dream speech is extremely motivating for sure x

  88. renee permalink
    02/02/2021 4:44 am

    Thank you for reminding us of this important moment in time!

  89. Anosa permalink
    02/02/2021 9:55 am

    For the first time ever I heard the entire speech and I was moved then also the deliberation at his funeral. We thank you Dr. King.

  90. spruitt8 permalink
    02/02/2021 11:06 am

    I don’t know if I have ever seen the full speech. It’s such an important speech! Thank you for sharing it.

  91. sumit permalink
    02/02/2021 9:05 pm

    this definitely has got to be the best speech that i have ever listened and i am so thankful to this post and you that gave me the opportunity to do so

  92. Kenneth permalink
    03/02/2021 3:49 am

    All respect to the awesome MLK, we have read a lot of history about what he has done – salute! Thank you for this tribute blog

  93. Meera permalink
    03/02/2021 6:26 am

    Martin Luther King is an inspiration to many. Great post!

  94. Michele @ ourredonkulouslife permalink
    04/02/2021 10:37 am

    It is such a shame he died so young. It was definitely before his time.

  95. Colleen permalink
    09/02/2021 1:57 am

    This is one of my favorite speeches of all time. It is so powerful and full of both hope and resolve to make his dream a reality. I hope that one day it’s fully realized.

  96. yana permalink
    09/02/2021 5:34 am

    very motivation speach, unfortunately now we’re living in totally another world, and words don’t mean anything 🙁

  97. crisshex88 permalink
    09/02/2021 7:07 am

    There is no better motivation than this one that retraces the steps of a weighty and important man who has changed the course of destiny.

  98. Nikola Roza permalink
    09/02/2021 7:53 am

    I loved reading this speech. It’s my favorite of all time. It’s so powerful. Though I love the audio version even more as to me it’s a masterful example of rhetoric and oration.

  99. Neha Khanuja permalink
    09/02/2021 10:47 am

    I simply love this speech by Martin Luther King! It’s been a while I heard it, thanks for bringing it to the top of my mind again!

  100. Sara | permalink
    09/02/2021 11:51 am

    What an incredible person he was! This speech is powerful and I am so thankful you shared it with us. We have a lot more work to do to make the world a just, fair and safe space for all. As Dr. King said, we need to pledge to continue marching forward.

  101. Ashley t permalink
    09/02/2021 5:55 pm

    He was such and amazing and admirable man. This speech he gave was simply amazing.

  102. pacioalita9 permalink
    09/02/2021 7:18 pm

    I will never get tired or reading articles about Martin Luther or watching his speeches. I am rooting for positive changes and hope for the american society

  103. Ntensibe Edgar permalink
    10/02/2021 12:18 am

    Nnniiiccceeeee….right after the era of Donald Trump, America has a chance to build a new and ensure it stays this way! Good one, Elizabeth.

  104. melissa major permalink
    10/02/2021 3:54 am

    Such a wonderful speech by Martin Luther King, so many amazing talks by him that mean so much then, now and forever.

  105. thehealthfulideas permalink
    10/02/2021 4:08 am

    I got goosebumps reading that! MLK is always very inspiring.

  106. Eric Gamble permalink
    10/02/2021 8:03 am

    It is always amazing how impactful the most peaceful “protesters” have been on the world and this can be seen with Martin Luther King, Jr. This speech has worked not only to change the way the United States has seen and worked on race relations but perhaps even inspire places like South Africa and other parts of the world.
    I had no idea that the refrain “I Have a Dream” was not part of the planned speech. Such an interesting fact of how inspired he was when delivering it.

  107. yudithnapitupulu permalink
    10/02/2021 8:43 am

    Martin Luther changed the lives of African Americans in his time and subsequent decades. It brought even greater attention to the Civil Rights Movement, which had been going on for many years.

  108. Mayuri Saxena permalink
    11/02/2021 3:14 am

    This is such a motivating speech. I feel that these speeches must be taught in our schools as they are not only motivating but also applies to our current situation.

  109. Roshanna21 permalink
    11/02/2021 7:35 pm

    Martin Luther King’s speech will never not be great. It has changed so many lives and paved so many opportunities. Thanks for making this post in honor of him.

  110. Blair Villanueva permalink
    11/02/2021 8:24 pm

    He is truly an inspiring person and an genuine icon. I hope that our new generation will follow his many philosophies and speeches.

  111. olenakagui permalink
    12/02/2021 8:32 am

    Love this so much! I really appreciate all these quotes. They really make me think about my life more.

  112. J Cherry permalink
    12/02/2021 7:57 pm

    MLK was such an inspirational man. What an everlasting impact he made to the world.

  113. Claudia Blanton permalink
    16/02/2021 10:57 am

    it does not matter how many times I have listened to MLK’s speech and I am still at awe by his words, his poise, and his compassionate passion. Blessings!

  114. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    20/02/2021 6:58 am

    What a commendable and impressive man he was. He has made an impact across the world and he’s very respected in my country as well. There are even streets named after him.

  115. The Nerdy Unicorn permalink
    20/02/2021 2:01 pm

    I’m definitely a fan of MLK. I believe he made great strides during his peaceful protests. And I pray that change continues towards a better future for all.

  116. Mandy permalink
    10/03/2021 5:53 am

    His words always give me chill bumps. Such an inspiration.

  117. Laura permalink
    20/05/2021 5:04 am

    Beautiful words shared by an absolute legend! Great motivation for a Monday!

  118. renee permalink
    25/05/2021 2:58 am

    Freedom is so important. We can’t forget who fought for it!

  119. Ramil Hinolan permalink
    25/05/2021 5:14 am

    What a timely celebration of Mental Health. The extend movement restriction affected our mental heath. May the celebration help us understand people with mental health problem.

  120. Eloise permalink
    25/05/2021 7:18 am

    it’s easy to tell who was or is a great leader, they not only have many followers that support the causes but they live on forever in memory. MLK was very inspirational!

  121. Natalie permalink
    25/05/2021 10:37 am

    Beautiful post. Love all of these poems.

  122. knycx permalink
    25/05/2021 10:55 pm

    Love the positive energy from this posts and affirmations, thanks a lot for spreading the love across and I think it will make a lot of people feel good. – Knycx Jouorneying

  123. Renee permalink
    19/01/2022 8:57 am

    This wasn’t even that long ago. What amazing information!

  124. risalopez permalink
    19/01/2022 5:17 pm

    I love reading his words. He’s such a great leader and a legend.

  125. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    19/01/2022 9:45 pm

    This speech is probably the most famous in the world but it is fantastic anyway. When I hear it I feel powerful and inspired to do better for people

  126. LifeMagHealth permalink
    20/01/2022 12:02 am

    This is such a great article patronizing a wonderful hero! I would love to know more about Dr. King.

  127. jen schreiner permalink
    20/01/2022 4:23 am

    He is truly an inspiring person and an genuine icon. Thank you for sharing his speech to remind us all.

  128. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    20/01/2022 10:34 am

    Such a great post. He was such and inspirational person. He has had such a positive impact.

  129. pacioalita9 permalink
    20/01/2022 1:20 pm

    I love the positive message from this post. And its truly inspiring. It is indeed an honorable day, I only have respect for this man

  130. emman damian permalink
    20/01/2022 2:32 pm

    MLK is such an important day. It’s the day where it all started (Protestantism). Love the tribute!

  131. Beth Pierce permalink
    20/01/2022 3:14 pm

    MLK will always be inspiring to us. He is everyone`s hero and I really enjoyed reading your post

  132. Manali Oza permalink
    21/01/2022 12:05 am

    All i could say is poweful, this speech and this personality is symbolizes power and dedication to me. Thanks for sharing!

  133. bye:myself permalink
    21/01/2022 2:59 am

    Wonderful post – we cannot celebrate this great man enough!

  134. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    23/01/2022 6:35 am

    Such an amazing man and a speech that has resonated with so many people from all races, ages and sexes.

  135. risalopez permalink
    23/01/2022 5:55 pm

    I love reading his words so much! He inspires a lot of people and he is a good leader to all. Thank you for sharing his words.

  136. OSCAR PASTOR OGANIZA permalink
    23/01/2022 7:09 pm

    One of my favorite American heroes of all time!

  137. Knycx Journeying permalink
    23/01/2022 8:30 pm

    This is such a classic and I know that it has inspired so many people, this is also what brought change to equality. Great motivation. – Knycx Journeying

  138. Becky, Cuddle Fairy permalink
    24/01/2022 6:38 am

    There is no one more motivational than MLK. It’s such a blessing that there are these video recordings of him that we can watch today and be motivated still by him.

  139. Jennifer Prince permalink
    24/01/2022 7:41 am

    He was so iconic! His speeches were obviously so inspiring to many, too. Such great affirmations!

  140. Adventure Awaits Us At Home permalink
    25/01/2022 12:26 pm

    I did not know that “I have a dream” was not part of his original speech. Although all of his words are inspirational, this is what is most commonly repeated. We just passed MLK day so his message has been front and center. However, I do not think this should be reserved for this time.

  141. Abida permalink
    25/01/2022 6:26 pm

    You always keep giving positive energies through your articles. It was also one of them!

  142. risalopez permalink
    26/01/2022 3:00 am

    Such a legend! Thank you for sharing this.

  143. Paula permalink
    26/01/2022 6:27 am

    I cannot fathom the bravery it took for MLK to stand in front of the nation and deliver such a profound and impactful speech. Hopefully one day his dream will come true and we can live in a world where everyone is treated equally.

  144. Harassedmom (@laurakim123) permalink
    26/01/2022 4:48 pm

    Reading the whole speech is a must – we all tend to focus on the snippets the media focuses on but there is so much more.

  145. Polly permalink
    27/01/2022 3:18 am

    It has been ages but the MLK speech is one of the most moving speeches I have ever listened to. Very inspiring.

  146. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    27/01/2022 11:30 pm

    No matter how many times I hear or read this speech it never fails to touch me. I wonder if we ever have an equal to it.

  147. MELANIE E permalink
    06/07/2022 6:59 am

    He was such an inspiration to so many. His speech has such a powerful message for all.


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