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We Shall Overcome June 17, 1966

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Martin Luther King inspires and encourages a lot of negroes in one of the last speeches he delivered during his lifetime.

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Deep in my heart I do believe, we shall overcome.

Now I join hands often with students and others behind jail bars singing it: ìWe shall overcome.î

Sometimes we've had tears in our eyes when we joined together to sing it, but we still decided to sing it! ìWe shall overcome.î

Lord before this victory is won some will have to get thrown in jail some more but we shall over come. Don't worry about us, before the victory is won some of us will lose jobs, but we shall overcome.

Before the victory is won, even some will have to face physical death. But if physical death is the price that some must pay, to free their children from a permanent psychological death, then nothing shall be more redemptive. We shall over come.

Before the victory is won, some will be misunderstood and called bad names and dismissed as rebel-rousers and agitatorsÖ But we shall overcome.

And I'll tell you why.

We shall overcome because the arch of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.

We shall overcome because Carlyle is right: ìNo lie can live foreverì.

We shall overcome because William Collin Bryant is right: ìTruth crushed to earth will rise againì.

We shall overcome because James Russel Lowell is right: ìTruth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. Yet that scaffold sways the future. And behind the dim unknown standeth God within the shadows, keeping watch above his ownì.

We shall overcome because the Bible is right, "You shall reap what you sow."

We shall overcome. Deep i my heart I do believe! We shall overcome.

And this with this faith we will go out and adjourn the counsels of despair and bring new light into the dark chambers of pessimism and we will be able to rise from the fatigue of despair to the buoyancy of hope. And this will be a great America! We will be the participants in making it so.

And so as I leave you this evening I say, ìWalk together children! Don't you get weary!î

Courtesy of The King Center

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