Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2001

Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 01:14:03 -0500 (EST)

Dear All,

"No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963

Some words never grow old. If you would like to listen to the full "I Have a Dream" speech, go to:
The texts of additional speeches of Dr. King are available at:

Please see below for an extended quotation from a 1967 speech, the complete text of which is available at Dr. King may have been speaking decades ago, but we need only glance around our globe to know that he was speaking directly to us.



"We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.

Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. . . . Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? . . . . Or will there be another message -- of longing, of hope, of solidarity . . . . The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise, we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.
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And if we will only make the right choice, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace. If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I have only dreams: to build a better world, a world of harmony and understanding, a world in which it is a joy to live. This is not asking for too much." -- Yitzhak Rabin

"Don't say the day will come. Bring the day! Because it's not a dream." -- Shir LaShalom, Song for Peace

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