4th April 2017 is the 49th death anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr., the world renowned Civil Rights activist. He was assassinated on 4th April 1968 at Memphis, Tennessee, USA by the dark reactionary forces who were worried about the impact being made by him. King was a great agitator, activist and fighter for the underprivileged. He was awarded Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964.
His famous speech “I have a Dream” made in front of Lincoln Memorial on 28th August 1963 at ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’ which was participated by about a quarter of million people, is given below:
“I say to you today, my friends, 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.”