(Copyright 1963, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.)
Speech by the Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING

At the “March on Washington”

I say to you today, my friends, though, 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, 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 my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judge by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. . .


In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.

If you can not fly, then run. If you can not run, then walk. If you can not walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

Martin Luther King Jr.