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We have not reached the Promised Land

The election of Barack Hussein Obama is historical, it’s a giant step in the right direction, but it does not mean we have reached the “Promised Land.” Our work is not done. When children in rural and urban schools around the country are still not receiving the education they deserve, we have not reached the Promised Land. When the joblessness rates in this country rise with every report, we have not reached the Promised Land. When people are still being racially profiled, we have not reached the Promised Land. When people are not being treated TRULY as equals, be it for their race, gender, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation, we have not reached the Promised Land.

I say all this, not to minimize what the election of Barack Obama means to this country, I say it so we don’t start to get complacent and think our work is done. It’s nice to think that with the election of our first African American President we have actually achieved Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, but we have not.

So while we celebrate the inauguration of President Obama, let us not forget that our work is not done.

I strongly suggest you read the entire speech here, but I will post the most famous part:



Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

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."

I have a dream that one day on 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 one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children 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.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- 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!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!


And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom 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!
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2 comments:

b said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW5KBZTaFro

Justice58 said...

Muzikal

Hi,

I tried looking for your email address but couldn't find it but anyways I'll leave mine for you to email me. I have something to discuss with you...it's all good.

justice58.texas@hotmail.com

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