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MLK Day is Monday

Friday, January 13, 2012

Martin Luther King giving his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in D.C. in August 1963. File photo from AP.
Monday is the third Monday in January, a date which has been set aside throughout the nation to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and to reflect upon the message he delivered during his short lifetime.

Students in all of the area schools will have no classes on Monday, and the Post Office and the Cherokee Public Library will also be closed to observe the holiday.

In his most famous speech, delivered in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial in Washingon, D.C. in August of 1963, Dr. King shared his dream and hope for the future. Here are the concluding words of that "I Have a Dream" speech:

"I have a dream of a 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!"

Our nation has come a long way since the day Dr. King delivered that speech , but we still have a long way to go until all men (and women) in the United States truly treat each other as equals and Dr. King's dream becomes a reality.

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