I have a dream

Direct link to YouTube video of MLK’s I have a dream speech.

Stirring to watch this today after watching the “We Are One” concert yesterday at the Lincoln Memorial.

Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, 1939

Marian Anderson sings at the Lincoln Memorial, 1939

There was a segment that recalled Marian Anderson singing “My Country Tis of Thee” at the Lincoln Memorial — Anderson had been barred by the DAR from singing at Constitution Hall. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from DAR and arranged for Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial. Yesterday’s concert showed a film clip from the 1939 concert, and then transitioned back to the present, with two soloists singing My Country Tis of Thee, backed up by the D.C. Gay Men’s Chorus.

There, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, we turn from recalling yesteryear’s moment righting an injustice to our present-day second class citizens (“you can love if you dare, but you cannot marry”). Powerful symmetry deep with meaning.

Then, today, we watched the above-embedded speech by MLK at the same memorial.

From his speech:

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “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.”

One response to “I have a dream”

  1. Hal

    This was so fantastic. It brought me to tears (metaphorically at least). Why can’t we just get on with dealng with ‘things that matter’ and not worry about this nonsense? (/rhetorical)