In honor of Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, I found a podcast of his I have Dream Speech and listened to it again.
If you have not actually listened to this speech, in his own voice, you really owe it to yourself to listen to it, all the way through. Sixteen minutes of some of the most beautiful words that have ever been written in pursuit of justice.
The first time I read it was in a creative writing class in college. My professor wanted us to study it for the poetry, and she arranged us in a circle and we began to read it, a paragraph at a time. I could not stop weeping, and I never can listen to it without thinking of what power there is in words. In his voice. In WORDS, man, WORDS.
Seriously, in honor of the day, go listen to it here.