ATLANTA, GA — Historians of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library have unearthed and authenticated a rare first copy of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
“What an extraordinary find,” said Dr. Stephen Williams, Professor of Anthropology, “It’s so unique because we have a glimpse at MLK’s initial thoughts on our country. It’s astonishingly visionary, almost eerily so.”
The text from the rough draft follows below:
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream, that one day, after I am long gone, a monument will be erected to me in this nation’s capitol, that misquotes me, and that after much controversy, they will fix the quotation. I have a dream, that after I pass over to the other side, streets will be named after me! But not just any streets, no, dead-end streets in the ghetto, I have a dream today!
And while I can’t ever foresee a time when black men find white women attractive, I have a dream, that our black brothers, and white sisters can walk down the street, holding hands, and not be harassed. And that one day, one such black/white union might even lead to the first mulatto President of the Younited States!! And when that mulatto is elected, my dream is that everyone will insist on calling him the first Afro-American President, and that Republican leaders will work to delegitimize his Presidency at every turn, I have a dream!!
I have a dream, that one day, in honor of my efforts, school children all across America will get the day off but not know why. I have a dream that they will spend that day off not thinking about sacrifices made, but rather sitting around the house playing Call of Duty and watching Maury, stuffing their little black and white faces with junk food and significantly contributing to the alarming spike in childhood diabetes, I have a dream!!”
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