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By Clayborne Carson

This better half quantity to "A Knock at the hours of darkness: concept from the good Sermons of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr". comprises the textual content of his so much recognized oration, "I Have a Dream", his reputation speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, and "Beyond Vietnam", a robust plea to finish the continuing clash. contains contributions from Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, the Dalai Lama, and so on.

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It comes only through the hardness and persistence of life. Ghana reminds us of that. You better get ready to go to prison. When I looked out and saw the prime minister there with his prison cap on that night, that reminded me of that fact, that freedom never comes easy. It comes through hard labor and it comes through toil. It comes through hours of despair and disappointment. And that’s the way it goes. There is no crown without a cross. I wish we could get to Easter without going to Good Friday, but history tells us that we got to go by Good Friday before we can get to Easter.

They were experiencing that in their very souls. And everywhere we turned, we could hear it ringing out from the housetops. We could hear it from every corner, every nook and crook of the community: “Freedom! ” This was the birth of a new nation. This was the breaking aloose from Egypt. Wednesday morning the official opening of Parliament was held. There again we were able to get on the inside. There Nkrumah made his new speech. And now the prime minister of the Gold Coast with no superior, with all of the power that Macmillan of England has, with all of the power that Nehru of India has, now a free nation, now the prime minister of a sovereign nation.

But it was an event with eternal meaning, for it symbolizes something. That thing symbolized to me that an old order is passing away and a new order is coming into being. An old order of colonialism, of segregation, of discrimination is passing away now. And a new order of justice and freedom and goodwill is being born. That’s what it said. Somehow the forces of justice stand on the side of the universe, and that you can’t ultimately trample over God’s children and profit by it. I want to come back to Montgomery now, but I must stop by London for a moment.

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