I Have a Dream - French Translation
I have a dream
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, August 28, 1963.
One hundred years ago, a great American, who thrown at us today whose symbolic shadow, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came vitally important to wear light, like a beacon of hope to millions of Negro slaves seared in the flames of withering injustice and announced the joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.
But a century later, we must face the tragic fact that blacks are not yet free. A century later, black life is still hampered by segregation and the chains of discrimination. A century later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. A century later, the Negro is still languishing in the margins of American society, exiles in their own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
We come to our nation's capital to ask, somehow, the payment of a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they signed a promissory note to which every American. It was a promise that all would be guaranteed the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given Black people a bad check which has come back marked "insufficient funds." But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we just require payment against the check, upon demand the riches of freedom and security that provides justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is not the...