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Speech still an inspiration

September 1, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

Fifty years have gone by since a memorable day in history, Aug. 28, 1963, when Martin Luther King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech.

A speech that has not been duplicated in 50 years, and will not be duplicated for another hundred years. A speech worthy of memorization for every sixth grade student in America.

A speech that came from the heart with so much passion and conviction it brought the crowd to a brief but peaceful frenzy.

This excerpt from his "I Have a Dream" speech: "I have a dream that my four little 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," is comparable to the lines of other great literary writings that are right on the tips of the readers tongues.

Shakespeare's rendition at the beginning of the eulogy for Julius Caesar: "Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears."

Mr. Lincoln's "Four score and seven years ago."

Joyce Kilmer's "I think I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree."

John McCrae's "In Flanders Field the poppies blow between the crosses row on row."

From a Roman courtyard or Waldon Woods, or any pulpit in any church, temple or synagogue, no one could have expressed it more eloquently.

Thank you Martin Luther King. Hallelujah, amen.

Steve Kopa

Weirton

 
 

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