Monday, January 17, 2011

American Hero

We admire effective writers. We thrill to the power of charismatic speakers. We follow visionary thinkers. We mourn murdered leaders.

From the August 28, 1963 speech at the Lincoln Memorial… These soaring words were part of King's thunderous conclusion:

This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a 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. 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 snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks 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 every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

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Was this a "great speech"? Was it "well crafted"? Do you wish you could write like this? Well, it was not just a speech. It is not just a piece of writing. This was a man in action and the cause he embodied. The speech was war for justice. The man was the speech. The speech was the man.




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This guy was a true hero, I admire him so much since I was young.