英语演讲稿《I have a dream》

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Five score years ago, a great American。, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came a。s a great be。acon light of hope to millions of Ne。gro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came。 as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
But one hu。ndred y。ears later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still not free. One hundred yea。rs later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains。 of。 discrimination. O。ne hundred years later, the N。egro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the m。idst of a vast ocean of m。aterial prosperity. One hundred years lat。er, the Negro is still languishing。 in the corners of Ameri。can society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a。n appalling condition.。

In a sense we hav。e come to our nation's capital to cash a chec。k. When the archit。ects 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 would be guarante。ed the inalienable rig。hts of life, liberty, and t。he pursuit。 of happiness.

It is obv。ious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of。 color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obl。igation, America has given the Ne。gro people a bad check which has c。ome back marked insufficient funds. But we refuse。 to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We ref。use to believe that there are insu。fficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come t。o cash this check -- a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justic。e. We hav。e also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tran。quilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racia。l justice. Now is the time to ope。n t。he doors of opportunity to a。ll of God's childr。en. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands o。f racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

It would be f。atal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This swe。ltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not。 pass until there is an invigorating autumn o。f freedom and equal。ity. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end。, but a beginning. Those who hope。 that the Negro。 needed to blow off steam a。nd will now be content will have。 a rude awakening if the nati。on returns to business a。s us。ual. Ther。e will。 be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizen。ship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will c。ontinue。 t。o shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to。 my people who stand o。n the warm threshold which leads in。to the palace of。 justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be gu。ilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy。 our th。irst for fre。edom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must for。ever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and disciplin。e. We must。 not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we。 must r。ise to the majestic heights of me。eting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us t。o distrust of all white people, for man。y of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextrica。bly b。ound to our freedom. We。 cannot walk alo。ne。.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. W。e cannot turn back.。 There are those who。 are asking t。he devotees of civil rights, When。 will y。ou be satisfied? We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel。, cannot gain lodgin。g in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the c。ities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro's basic mo。bility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can。 never be satisfied as lo。ng as a N。egro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice r。olls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have co。me from a。reas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and。 staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have bee。n the veterans of creative suffe。ring. Continue to work with the faith that unearned sufferin。g is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of o。ur。 northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and w。ill be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the diffi。cul。ties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It。 is a。 drea。m deepl。y rooted in the A。merican d。ream.

I hav。e a d。ream 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 d。ream that one day on the red hills of Ge。orgia t。he sons of former s。laves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that on。e day。 even the stat。e of Mississippi, a desert state, sw。eltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be。 transformed into an oasis of freedom a。nd justic。e.

I h。ave a dream that my four children wi。ll one day live in a nation where they wil。l not be ju。dged by the。 color of their skin but by t。he cont。ent of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a。 dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the word。s of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a sit。uation where litt。le black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain s。hall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glo。ry of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it toge。ther.

This is our hope. This is the faith with w。hich I return to the South. With。 this faith we will be a。ble to hew out of the mountain of despair a ston。e of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling disco。rds of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle t。ogether, to go。 to jail together, to stand up for freedom。 together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day w。hen all of God's。 children will be a。ble to。 sing with a ne。w meaning, My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of。 the pilgrim's pr。ide, from every mountainside, let fr。eed。om ring.

And if America is to be a great natio。n this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodi。gious hilltops of New Hampshir。e. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedo。m ring from t。he heightening Alleghenies of Pen。nsylvania。!

Let freedom ring from th。e snowcapped Rockies。 of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Le。t freedom ring fro。m Lookout Mountain of Tennesse。e!

Let freedom ring from ev。ery hill and every molehill of Mississippi. F。rom every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring,。 when w。e let it ring from every village and every haml。et, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's c。hildren, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Prote。stants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, Free at last



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