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Let Freedom Ring

Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States, a national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968), a most memorable civil rights leader and spiritual statesman.

To mark this occasion, instead of posting a poem, I'm including the full video of Dr. King's often-cited "I Have a Dream" speech, which he delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963.

This landmark lesson for humanity of every hue was far more than a rhetorical exercise or a fiery display of forensics. The words of Dr. King, amplified across the Reflecting Pool towards the Washington Monument in our nation's Capitol.

And the world remembers.
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Take a listen to the familiar words, and catch the famous dream:

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"'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."


Photo/s:
Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I Have a Dream" speech
Washington, DC
August 28, 1963
Flesh-colored crayons 
Fair use photo


What color is human flesh, anyway?

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