Monday, January 20, 2014

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1962 Speech in NYC

My son and I were desperate to find this speech once we heard the announcement it had been found. Thank you to the pack rats out there.

More than that I want to say, Thank you to Dr. King for keeping it real. What I enjoyed most about this version of the speech I am sharing with you is that the original or one of the edited versions plays alongside the given speech. I like that I am able to see his train of thought and hear how the words were changed for greater impact or subtle nudging.

Yes, we have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go.

I am truly looking forward to the day when I can go shopping and not have a store worker follow me around thinking I am going to steal something. I am also looking forward to the day when I can go out to dinner and the person comes up to take reservations(seat guests) honors me first, because I am next in line and not have to check with the other (white) patrons to make sure I am not lying. When that does happen to me, I leave the restaurant and vow never to patronize it again, after letting the manager know why.

Yes, my friends, the road is long and the journey is trying at times, but I vow to keep my hand to the plow because I know a change gonna come.




  1. It was a great find. I shared it with my ELD class.

  2. I descend from freedom riders :). I was going to do a country a month, I may add civil rights and MLK into this month. Scratching the surface and looking deeper can be VERY painful though. When I moved to Mississippi and saw two bathrooms, and other things I started to scratch the surface and was SHOCKED. It kills your soul to know what was done, and how LITTLE is taught of the injustices in our schools and I went to very good schools. Thank goodness for my husband, he was raised here and helped me teach the kids and make sure they were taught well. He is a history buff with a big heart. Thank you for inspiring me to scratch at the surface (I think, this will probably hurt, and it should).

  3. Does anyone on this blog know a good place to start with Black History?