I Have a Dream: The Forgotten Half
The passage of time has not diminished the urgency of Dr. King’s message — even the parts less often quoted.
By The Globalist, January 20, 2014
Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice.It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.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.Go back to your homes, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.
This Globalist Document is adapted from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 speech at the steps of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., which was later dubbed the “I Have a Dream” speech. The less-quoted first part of Dr. King’s crowning 1963 address from the Lincoln Memorial, a powerful condemnation of the status quo, bears revisiting. The passage of time has not diminished the urgency of Dr. King’s message.
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.
This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”