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(Yes), I know you are asking today, "How long will it take?" Speech delivered on March 25, 1965, in Montgomery, Alabama , at the end of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. (Yes, sir), How long? (That’s right) O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! But God has a way of even putting nations in their place. (Yes, sir) Just ten years ago, in this very city, a new philosophy was born of the Negro struggle. Thus, the southern wage level was kept almost unbearably low. (Yes, sir). He has sounded from the trumpet that shall never call retreat He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Handout. In its simple, yet colorful, depiction (Yes, sir) of that great moment in biblical history, it tells us that: Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, (Tell it), Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, (Yes, sir), And the walls come tumbling down. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. Not long, because no lie can live forever. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. Rhetorical Analysis The Civil Rights Movement is a time when African American and Caucasian activists worked together to fight for the equality of all people. How long? How long? (Uh huh) And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, (Yes, sir) he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man. The sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., comprise an extensive catalog of American writing and oratory – some of which are internationally well-known, while others remain unheralded, and some await re-discovery.. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent African-American clergyman, a leader in the civil rights movement and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Glory, hallelujah! We have walked on meandering highways and rested our bodies on rocky byways. Tim: It takes two ingredients to deliver a message that really sticks. (Speak, Doctor). "How long? The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! Our God is marching on. Noem, Secretary Bernhardt — very much appreciate it — members of Congress, distinguished guests, and a very special hello to South Dakota. And so as we go away this afternoon, let us go away more than ever before committed to this struggle and committed to nonviolence. They told us we wouldnt get here. There is nothing wrong with marching in this sense. (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. (Yes, sir) The Bible tells us that the mighty men of Joshua merely walked about the walled city of Jericho (Yes) and the barriers to freedom came tumbling down. (Yes, sir) Like an idea whose time has come, (Yes, sir) not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. (Yes, sir), My people, my people, listen. (Uh huh) And I smiled to see in the newspaper photographs of many a decade ago, the faces so bright, so solemn, of our valiant heroes, the people of Montgomery. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord: He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on. Somebody’s asking, "When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over the South, be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?" “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,” 2 Pet 1:2. He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; And as the noted historian, C. Vann Woodward, in his book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow, clearly points out, the segregation of the races was really a political stratagem employed by the emerging Bourbon interests in the South to keep the southern masses divided and southern labor the cheapest in the land. Yes, sir) to turn the whole nation to a new course. Glory, glory, hallelujah! JEH: We've got the informant in the office and we're talking to him because he's scared to death - naturally, because he fears for his life. Our God is Marching On And The Montgomery Bus Boycott Conclusion Staying Strong Historical Context Thesis The Ballot Box Including the Crowd Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena. (Yes, sir), Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. How long) because "you shall reap what you sow." The tide has turned! The only normalcy that we will settle for (Yes, sir) is the normalcy that recognizes the dignity and worth of all of God’s children. (Yes, sir) Let us march on segregated schools (Let us march, Tell it) until every vestige of segregated and inferior education becomes a thing of the past, and Negroes and whites study side-by-side in the socially-healing context of the classroom. If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. (Yes, sir) He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; (Speak, sir) He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat. "Our God is Marching On," "A Time to Break the Silence," and "The Other America" are all moving speeches from King that many have not heard. 1. And Gov. (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. Montgomery was the first city in the South in which the entire Negro community united and squarely faced its age-old oppressors. J. Edgar Hoover: They discussed that after it was over, if the woman died, they were going to throw the guns into the blast furnace where they worked in those steel mills down there. O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! (Amen) The God that I worship has a way of saying, "Don't play with me." Talk) but all the world today knows that we are here and we are standing before the forces of power in the state of Alabama saying, "We ain’t goin’ let nobody turn us around." Let us march on poverty (Let us march) until no American parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat. White America was profoundly aroused by Birmingham because it witnessed the whole community of Negroes facing terror and brutality with majestic scorn and heroic courage. They knew that our country is blessed by God and has a special purpose in this world. ... Read the full transcript … How long? The battle is in our hands. All right) And in a real sense this afternoon, we can say that our feet are tired, (Yes, sir) but our souls are rested. That will be the day of man as man. To this list may be added the names of all those (Yes) who have fought and, yes, died in the nonviolent army of our day: Medgar Evers, (Speak) three civil rights workers in Mississippi last summer, (Uh huh) William Moore, as has already been mentioned, (Yes, sir) the Reverend James Reeb, (Yes, sir) Jimmy Lee Jackson, (Yes, sir) and four little girls in the church of God in Birmingham on Sunday morning. In the glow of the lamplight on my desk a few nights ago, I gazed again upon the wondrous sign of our times, full of hope and promise of the future. The revelation of the word of God. Somebody’s asking, "When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, (Speak, speak, speak) plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? How long will justice be crucified, (Speak) and truth bear it?" The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy that allows judgment to run down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. The seed was planted at salvation. American Prophet: Online Course Companion, Freedom's Ring: King's "I Have a Dream" Speech. (Tell it) That is exactly what we don’t want, and we will not allow it to happen, (Yes, sir) for we know that it was normalcy in Marion (Yes, sir) that led to the brutal murder of Jimmy Lee Jackson. Let us therefore continue our triumphant march (Uh huh) to the realization of the American dream. I know you are asking today, 'How long will it take?' [Audience:] (Speak) Our bodies are tired and our feet are somewhat sore. (No) There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. The burning of our churches will not deter us. Read the full transcript of this classic speech. He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat. © Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305. (Yes, sir) But in spite of this, we must go on and be sure that they did not die in vain. (Yes, sir), How long? Glory, hallelujah! President Johnson: What is an infiltrator and an informant? Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march. P: (650) 723-2092 | F: (650) 723-2093 | [email protected] | Campus Map. The tide has turned! tom segura: ball hog (2020) – full transcript March 25, 2020 Tom Segura scores laughs with uncomfortably candid stories about mothers, fathers, following your dreams — and other things you'd rather not think about. (Yes, sir) The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. (Speak, sir) The leaders of this movement began awakening the poor white masses (Yes, sir) and the former Negro slaves to the fact that they were being fleeced by the emerging Bourbon interests. The speech entitled Our God is Marching On, acknowledges that injustice still remains but King still savors this exhilarating victory by pointing out that "We have come a long way since that travesty of justice was perpetrated upon the American mind. "How long? Glory, hallelujah! President Johnson rightly praised the courage of the Negro for awakening the conscience of the nation. Once more the method of nonviolent resistance (Yes) was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary. In focusing the attention of the nation and the world today on the flagrant denial of the right to vote, we are exposing the very origin, the root cause, of racial segregation in the Southland. (Yes, sir), These words I have given you just as they were given us by the unknown, long-dead, dark-skinned originator. Through their control of mass media, they revised the doctrine of white supremacy. His truth is marching on. (Yes) He has a way of saying, as the God of the Old Testament used to say to the Hebrews, "Don’t play with me, Israel. In the call, Hoover told Johnson what agents learned from the informant, and how exactly the FBI infiltrated the Klan. He said: That with tears hath been watered. Not long, because 'no lie can live forever." By midnight she would be dead - shot while driving a black man home from the demonstration. Some of our faces are burned from the outpourings of the sweltering sun. But not until the colossus of segregation was challenged in Birmingham did the conscience of America begin to bleed. His truth is marching on.". (Yes, sir. (Yes, sir), I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, (Yes, sir) however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, (No sir) because "truth crushed to earth will rise again." Speak, sir) So I stand before you this afternoon (Speak, sir. (Yes, sir), Today I want to tell the city of Selma, (Tell them, Doctor) today I want to say to the state of Alabama, (Yes, sir) today I want to say to the people of America and the nations of the world, that we are not about to turn around. Standeth God within the shadow, Chorus. I must admit to you that there are still jail cells waiting for us, and dark and difficult moments. Martin Luther King Jr.: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. They saturated the thinking of the poor white masses with it, (Yes) thus clouding their minds to the real issue involved in the Populist Movement. (Yes, sir) The battle is in our hands. James Weldon Johnson put it eloquently. (Yes, sir. These are our Marching Orders as Church. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful dignity, (Speak, sir) but without the vote it was dignity without strength. You see, it was a simple thing to keep the poor white masses working for near-starvation wages in the years that followed the Civil War. Yet that scaffold sways the future, Information Age. Our God is marching On! Not only that, but they began uniting the Negro and white masses (Yeah) into a voting bloc that threatened to drive the Bourbon interests from the command posts of political power in the South. Transcript. JEH: No, we go to someone who is in the Klan and persuade him to work for the government. They segregated southern money from the poor whites; they segregated southern mores from the rich whites; (Yes, sir) they segregated southern churches from Christianity (Yes, sir); they segregated southern minds from honest thinking; (Yes, sir) and they segregated the Negro from everything. (Yes, sir), On our part we must pay our profound respects to the white Americans who cherish their democratic traditions over the ugly customs and privileges of generations and come forth boldly to join hands with us. President Obama delivered the following remarks at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 2013, at … That's what we are laying for now - to head off these individuals when they come to work this morning and shake them down. Let us march on ballot boxes, (Let’s march) march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena. The confrontation of good and evil compressed in the tiny community of Selma (Speak, speak) generated the massive power (Yes, sir. The wanton release of their known murderers would not discourage us. (Yes, sir) Let us march on segregated housing (Yes, sir) until every ghetto or social and economic depression dissolves, and Negroes and whites live side by side in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. (Yes, sir) Glory, hallelujah! Yet, Selma, Alabama, became a shining moment in the conscience of man. And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us. Be jubilant, my feet! Well) with the conviction that segregation is on its deathbed in Alabama, and the only thing uncertain about it is how costly the segregationists and Wallace will make the funeral. Toward the end of the Reconstruction era, something very significant happened. Our God is Marching On! Negroes took it and carried it across the South in epic battles (Yes, sir. Not long: (Not long), Yet that scaffold sways the future, (Yes, sir), How long? My dear and abiding friends, Ralph Abernathy, and to all of the distinguished Americans seated here on the rostrum, my friends and co-workers of the state of Alabama, and to all of the freedom-loving people who have assembled here this afternoon from all over our nation and from all over the world: Last Sunday, more than eight thousand of us started on a mighty walk from Selma, Alabama. How long? (Yes, sir) And his children, too, learned to feed upon Jim Crow, (Speak) their last outpost of psychological oblivion. Otherwise we would be looking for a needle in a haystack. If we are lucky enough to find a gun on them, that will be the big break in the case... It was normalcy on Highway 80 (Yes, sir) that led state troopers to use tear gas and horses and billy clubs against unarmed human beings who were simply marching for justice. I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth crushed to earth will rise again. Wrong forever on the throne, (Yes, sir. We are moving to the land of freedom. Tell it), Up to the walls of Jericho they marched, spear in hand. (Yes, sir) The pattern of their feet as they walked through Jim Crow barriers in the great stride toward freedom is the thunder of the marching men of Joshua, (Yes, sir) and the world rocks beneath their tread. Read the full speech transcript here. Key excerpts "Last Sunday, more than eight thousand of us started on a mighty walk from Selma, Alabama. I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps, They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps: His day is m… Among those listening to King's speech was Viola Liuzzo, a white mother of five who had traveled from Detroit to join the march. (Yes, sir), How long? And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, but all the world today knows that we are here and we are standing before the forces of power in the state of Alabama saying, 'We aint goin let nobody turn us around'... Today I want to tell the city of Selma, today I want to say to the state of Alabama, today I want to say to the people of America and the nations of the world, that we are not about to turn around. Be jubilant my feet! (Yes, sir) Let us march on poverty (Let us march) until wrinkled stomachs in Mississippi are filled, (That's right) and the idle industries of Appalachia are realized and revitalized, and broken lives in sweltering ghettos are mended and remolded. In this two-part Channel 4 series, Professor Richard Dawkins challenges what he describes as 'a process of non-thinking called faith'.