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Rosa Sat So That Martin Could Walk, Martin Walked So That Barack Could Run, Barack Ran So That Our Children Could Fly

January 18, 2010

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.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the 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!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, whem we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Happy Birthday, Dr. King! and thank you again!

PS The headline is from a church service last year attended by Barack Obama and in honor of Dr. King. For more poetry, take a ride on the Train.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 12:23 pm

    Inspirational. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. January 19, 2010 11:59 pm

    Wonderful! One of the greatest speeches ever made!

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