For nearly six decades, Reverend King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has remained one of the most impactful orations in history.
Throughout the speech, Reverend King looked to America’s core principles to address the challenges of his time. Citing America’s founding documents, he reasserted that freedom and equal opportunity are the foundation of America.
As Reverend King said, “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 – 是, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
There have been times throughout history when Americans have not lived up to this promise. 然而, during one of the darkest moments in our nation’s history, Reverend King stood before 250,000 people and expressed his belief in America and the principles upon which our nation was founded.
“We refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt,” Reverend King said. “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.”