Monday, January 19, 2009

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr

Let all of us kitties remember just why our mommies and daddies have this day off.

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 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 to 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!"

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

7 meows:

The Island Cats said...

Tybalt, thanks for reminding us how powerful that speech was!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I wonder if he would think it's been a short time or a long time coming for a person of color to be elected president

PB 'n J said...

What a pawesome MLK day this is, on the eve of the inauguration!

DEBRA said...

thi is Momma's favorite speech of all time!


Sweet Praline said...

He was a very special man and had great vision.

Shadow / Molly said...

Very profound werds!

Fin said...

It gets Mom all worked up. Great post.