Let us march on ballot boxes (Yes) until all over Alabama God’s children will be able to walk the earth in decency and honor. And so while the law may not change the hearts of men, it can and it does change the habits of men. Many people of various backgrounds live in this other America. (Yes, sir), Thus, the threat of the free exercise of the ballot by the Negro and the white masses alike (Uh huh) resulted in the establishment of a segregated society. Why don’t you lift yourselves by your own bootstraps? Pretty soon, the hearts will be changed. And I still believe that these problems can be solved. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and 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." The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that allows judgment to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. But I want to close by saying this afternoon that I still have faith in the future. For nearly two years Bob Fitch was staff photographer for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), of which Martin Luther King Jr. was president. But we must keep going. Posted By: C H on January 18, 2011. It is normalcy all over our country (Yes, sir) which leaves the Negro perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of vast ocean of material prosperity. A ghetto of race, a ghetto of poverty, ghetto-. I say that however unpleasant it is, we must honestly see and admit that racism is still deeply rooted all over America. Speak) There never was a moment in American history (Yes, sir) more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger (Yes) at the side of its embattled Negroes. Not only that, but they began uniting the Negro and white masses (Yeah) into a voting bloc that threatened to drive the Bourbon interests from the command posts of political power in the South. And so you can see what I mean when I say that in the Negro community, that is a major, tragic, and staggering Depression that we face in our everyday lives. The nation heralded a new day of concern for the poor, for the poverty-stricken, for the disadvantaged, and brought into being a poverty bill. It’s not something that just came into being because shouts of black power or because Negros engaged in riots in Watts, for instance. We shall overcome because somehow the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice. If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. We see the fact that the Negro economically is facing a Depression in his everyday life that is more staggering than the Depression of the ’30s. Some of the people who came quickly to march with us in Selma and Birmingham weren’t active around Chicago. And that is that although it may be true that morality cannot be legislated, behavior can be regulated. Economically, the Negro is worse off today than he was 15 and 20 years ago. We are seeking to make America one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. In this America, millions of people find themselves living in rat-infested, vermin-filled slums. That will be a great tomorrow. — Stanford Education (@StanfordEd) November 16, 2020. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “The Other America” speech at Stanford University, April, 14, 1967 Fifty years ago today—on March 10, 1968—the Rev. Nor do they encounter. But I haven’t despair. And as long as America postpones justice, we stand in the position of having these recurrences of violence and riots over and over again. Since the text he is preching about is Jobs book (14:7-15), this must be the 25th sunday after trinity, since this is the text of that day in the second (b) row of churchtexts. The question is whether our nation has the will, and I submit that if we can spend $35 billion a year to fight an ill-considered war in Vietnam, and $20 billion to put a man on the moon, our nation can spend billions of dollars to put God's children on their own two … In 1964, the Civil Rights Bill came into being. In a sense, the greatest tragedy of this other America is what it does to other children. On 14 April 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr., made his second visit to Stanford's Memorial Auditorium. (Uh huh). (Yes, sir) The battle is in our hands. But it doesn’t take us long to realize that America has been the home of its white exiles from Europe, but it has not evinced the same kind of maternal care and concern for its black exiles from Africa. (Yes, sir) Let us march on segregated schools (Let us march, Tell it) until every vestige of segregated and inferior education becomes a thing of the past, and Negroes and whites study side-by-side in the socially-healing context of the classroom. But these are the persons who are in the labor market, who still go to employment agencies to seek jobs, and so they can be calculated. After Montgomery’s, heroic confrontations loomed up in Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and elsewhere. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march. There are those, and they’re often sincere people, that will say to Negros and their allies in the white community, that we should slow up and just be nice and patient and continue to pray. Before the beautiful words of the Star Spangled Banner were written, we were here. We shall overcome because Carlisle is right. (Yes, sir), I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, (Yes, sir) however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, (No sir) because "truth crushed to earth will rise again." There were no laws segregating the races then. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated this year as America’s only ‘Black holiday’ Monday, Jan. 19. We can end poverty in the United States...We have the resources. In 1967 this was sunday the 12. of november, which makes me pretty sure, that this speech is from that date. If one says that I am not good enough to live next door to him, if one says that I am not good enough to eat at a lunch counter, to have a good, decent job or to go to school with him, merely because of my race, he is saying, consciously or unconsciously, that I do not deserve to exist. And the fact is that millions of Negros, as a result of centuries of denial and neglect, have been left bootless. It is a speech he gave more than once. In a real sense, we’re all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. It is a myth of the superior and the inferior race. I believe in the need for conversion, in many instances, and regeneration, to use theological terms. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful dignity, (Speak, sir) but without the vote it was dignity without strength. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (04:12) (Yes, sir), "‘Cause the battle am in my hand." John Donne placed it years ago in graphic terms, no man is an island, entire of itself. And it is tragic, indeed, that Congress, last year, allowed this bill to die. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (35:57) And I would be the first to say that there are all too many who are still guided by the racist ethos. (Yes) No, we will not allow Alabama (Go ahead) to return to normalcy. And this has been the persistence of the so-called white backlash. And in a sense, this America is overflowing with the miracle of prosperity and the honey of opportunity. National gross product of America will rise to the astounding figure of some 780 billion dollars this year. Well) with the conviction that segregation is on its deathbed in Alabama, and the only thing uncertain about it is how costly the segregationists and Wallace will make the funeral. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (16:53) We have walked on meandering highways and rested our bodies on rocky byways. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, speech “The Other America” delivered on April 14, 1967, at Stanford University; license granted by Intellectual Properties Management, Atlanta, Ga., as … Little children in this other America are forced to grow up with clouds of inferiority, farming every day in their little mental skies. [Audience:] (Speak) Our bodies are tired and our feet are somewhat sore. We have been drenched by the rains. James Weldon Johnson put it eloquently. But not until the colossus of segregation was challenged in Birmingham did the conscience of America begin to bleed. One America is beautiful for our situation. (Yes, sir). Before the Pilgrim fathers landed at Plymouth, we were here. Speak) [Applause]. It was normalcy on Highway 80 (Yes, sir) that led state troopers to use tear gas and horses and billy clubs against unarmed human beings who were simply marching for justice. And we must see racism for what it is. (Yes, sir), Today I want to tell the city of Selma, (Tell them, Doctor) today I want to say to the state of Alabama, (Yes, sir) today I want to say to the people of America and the nations of the world, that we are not about to turn around. And so I plead with you this afternoon as we go ahead: remain committed to nonviolence. Somewhere, we must come to see that social progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. And it is no wonder that in one of its sorrow songs, the Negro could sing out, “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child.” What great estrangement, what great sense of rejection caused a people to emerge with such a metaphor, as they looked over their lives. The job ahead must be massive and positive. (Uh huh) And when his undernourished children cried out for the necessities that his low wages could not provide, he showed them the Jim Crow signs on the buses and in the stores, on the streets and in the public buildings. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his “The Other America” speech to supporters participating in a celebratory “Salute to Freedom,” organized by the Local 1199 in New York City. But it must be realized now that the Negro cannot solve the problem by himself. (How long?) Given only ten days after his Riverside Church address, he also tied the Vietnam War to anti-poverty efforts: “If we spend thirty-five billion dollars a year to fight an ill-conceived war in Vietnam and … When that bill died in Congress, a bit of democracy died, a bit of our commitment to justice died. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (22:56) They were humiliating conditions. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (18:16) (Yes, sir) The Bible tells us that the mighty men of Joshua merely walked about the walled city of Jericho (Yes) and the barriers to freedom came tumbling down. (Listen to him) That is what was known as the Populist Movement. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. Outside esl and eap writing rarely focus on the basis for spoken professional english, 2. So in a real sense, our nation’s summer’s riots are caused by our nation’s winters of delay. Our nation has the resources to do it. There is a need for our fair housing laws all over our country. Somehow, I maintain hope in spite of hope, and I’ve talked about the difficulties and how hard the problems will be, as we tackle them. (No) There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. Glory, hallelujah! (Yes, sir) The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. Therefore, never send to know for whom the bell tolls. (Yes, sir) We are moving to the land of freedom. It’s in the South, it’s in the North, it’s in California and all over our nation. We’ve come a long way since that travesty of justice was perpetrated upon the American mind. (Yes, sir) The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy of brotherhood, the normalcy of true peace, the normalcy of justice. Long before the TED talk, Dr. King was sharing big powerful talks of ideas and inspiration. (Yes, sir. In a sense, this was a struggle for decency. After the Selma Movement in 1965, we were able to get a voting rights bill. And this is a tragedy of racism because its ultimate logic is genocide. And the theory that another group or another race is totally depraved, innately impure, and innately inferior. Toward the end of the Reconstruction era, something very significant happened. There is nothing wrong with marching in this sense. Nobody can doubt the need, if he thinks about the fact that since 1963, some 58 Negros and white civil rights workers have been brutally murdered in the state of Mississippi alone, and not a single person has been convicted for these dastardly crimes. There are so many problems facing our nation and our world, that one could just take off anywhere. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Danger of a … (Yes, sir) The pattern of their feet as they walked through Jim Crow barriers in the great stride toward freedom is the thunder of the marching men of Joshua, (Yes, sir) and the world rocks beneath their tread. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (20:15) (Speak, sir) It was normalcy by a cafe in Selma, Alabama, that led to the brutal beating of Reverend James Reeb. And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us. (That’s right). Hitler was a sick and tragic man who carried racism to its logical conclusion, and he ended up leading a nation to the point of killing about six million Jews. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (08:23) They’ve lost hope. It can be used either constructively or destructively. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (44:15) Some are Mexican-American, some are Puerto Ricans, some are Indians, some happen to be from other groups, millions of them are Appalachian whites. (Yes, sir) That’s what happened when the Negro and white masses of the South threatened to unite and build a great society: a society of justice where none would pray upon the weakness of others; a society of plenty where greed and poverty would be done away; a society of brotherhood where every man would respect the dignity and worth of human personality. (Yes, sir. Yet out of a bottomless vitality, they continued to grow and develop. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (31:22) The question is whether the nation has the will. I have several things that one could talk about before such a large, concerned, and enlightened audience. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (11:06) Many, in moments of anger, many, in moments of deep bitterness, engage in riots. In transportation within cities, we often had to stand over empty seats because sections were reserved for whites only. It does not recognize the need of sharing that power with black aspirations for freedom and justice. Certainly, they were difficult problems. Integration must be seen also in political terms, where there is shared power, and where black men and white men share power together, to build a new and a great nation. And so I can still sing we shall overcome. The American Negro finds himself living in a triple ghetto. And the average income of the Negro is today 50% less than whites. (Yes, sir. You see, it was a simple thing to keep the poor white masses working for near-starvation wages in the years that followed the Civil War. American Prophet: Online Course Companion, Freedom's Ring: King's "I Have a Dream" Speech. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. (Yes, sir) Let us march on segregated housing (Yes, sir) until every ghetto or social and economic depression dissolves, and Negroes and whites live side by side in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. And among Negro youth in some of our large urban areas, it goes to 30 and 40%. I went on to remind him the Negro came to this country involuntarily, in chains, while others came voluntarily. And I would be the first to say that if the race problem in America is to be solved, the white person must treat the Negro right, not merely because the law says it, but because it’s natural. I would like to honestly say to you that the white backlash is merely a new name for an old phenomenon. And because the Negro is his brother. Abused and scorned though we may be, our destiny is tied up in the destiny of America. By the thousands, we protested these conditions. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (28:36) (Yes, sir) I like that old Negro spiritual, (Yes, sir) "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." How long) because "you shall reap what you sow." (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (29:45) Click the links below to jump to a specific speech. In 1863, the Negro was freed from the bondage of physical slavery. Some quotes by Martin Luther King Jr. are remembered widely, often evoking the tenets of love, peace and unity in the quest for justice. The battle is in our hands. Now, there’s still a lot of people who don’t realize this. The sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., comprise an extensive catalog of American writing and oratory – some of which are internationally well-known, while others remain unheralded, and some await re-discovery.. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent African-American clergyman, a civil rights leader, and a Nobel laureate. (Go ahead. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (27:19) We are seeking to make America one nation, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. Martin Luther King, Jr.: (25:40) [Applause]. Famous Speeches and Great Talks. The fact is that the state of California voted a fair housing bill out of existence before anybody shouted black power or before anybody rioted in Watts. Speeches (Yes, Lord) And history is replete with the bleached bones of nations (Yeah) that failed to follow this command. It seems to me that the civil rights movement must now begin to organize for the guaranteed annual income, begin to organize people all over our country and mobilize forces, so that we can bring to the attention of our nation, this need and this something which I believe will go a long, long way toward dealing with the Negro’s economic problem and the economic problem with many other poor people confronting our nation. Now certainly, there are many things that we must do for ourselves, and that only we can do for ourselves. We are on the move now. 4. We did not have the right to vote, in so many areas of the South. In 1967, King delivered a speech at Stanford University on "The Other America." The sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., comprise an extensive catalog of American writing and oratory – some of which are internationally well-known, while others remain unheralded and await rediscovery.. 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