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The Dream Lives On

January 18, 2016

Thank you, Ronnie for this reminder…

Ronnie McBrayer

dreamMartin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech might be the finest piece of American oratory from the 20th century. And it almost never came to be. As King took the podium at the Lincoln Memorial that August day in 1963, advisors told him not to use his “dream” rhetoric as it was considered trite.

But as he began to conclude his remarks, the illustrious Mahalia Jackson who was sitting on the stage, began to implore him. “You tell ‘em about the dream, Martin,” she said. So he did.  Speaking extemporaneously and impulsively he conjured up the soaring magnificence we know so well:

“Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a 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…

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