Today is the day the United States commemorates a man who believed in the good of a nation. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., the mightly Town Talk towers reprint an excerpt of the historic speech that turned hearts and minds in the struggle for civil rights.
‘I have a dream’
Excerpt of the speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963.
We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.
Locals on CNN today
The CNN news debut of local residents Harald Fricker, Joel Weinstein and Dr. Drew Werner airs at 5:40 and 7:40 a.m. today.
Fricker is one of five people chosen across the country out of over 6,000 applicants to be part of CNN’s “New You Revolution.” His story and healthy goals will be highlighted over the next several months on CNN.
Weinstein, a master personal trainer at Allegria Spa, and Werner, a board certified family physician from the Eagle Valley Medical Center, will be helping Fricker reach his goal of losing nearly 100 pounds and getting back into his prior marathon shape.
The program times are approximate, since it is a live show. He can also be seen onwww.CNN.com under New You Revolution.
Buy ads for athletics
Battle Mountain High School student athletes will be canvassing businesses starting Feb. 4 to sell advertisements for next year’s athletic sports program book.
These books come out fall, winter and spring with photos of the individual athletes, teams, coaches, season schedules and advertisements for all the participating businesses.
The funds generated purchase uniforms, equipment and help with travel expenses.
This is a great way to advertise your business and support the Battle Mountain High School athletes.
Your tax-deductible contribution is noticed and will be appreciated.
County offices closed today
Eagle County offices are closed for MLK Jr. Day, including the Avon Satellite Offices and the El Jebel Community Center offices. The landfill will be open regular hours. ECO offices will be closed, but buses will operate their normal schedule.
MLK celebration at Gypsum library
Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated at the Gypsum Public Library at 2 p.m. Listen to stories of famous civil rights leaders, watch a Martin Luther King video and share popcorn. For elementary school children only. Call 524-5080 for information.