Monday, January 19, 2009


Before there was Obama there was Dr. King.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with 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.
And 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 snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes 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 molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when 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!


Clay said...

Don't you think Obama developed his tone watching these speeches. He seems less authentic after watching the video.

It's Me said...

Hallelujah and Amen!!

Sandi said...

As powerful as this speech was (and still is) there are so many of us that can't relate to the lack of freedom, the feeling of constantly needing to prove ourselves, the fear, the sense of defeat.

Thanks for the post!

Khaki Elephant said...

A great American who should be remember as more than a civil rights leader. While his cause was about social justice his words still speak to the dignity of all people. And best of all, he was a fellow American Baptist. :-)