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Dr. King Lives On In Sports (Satire)

Robb HumphreyCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2009

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Secondly, this is a satire. This is not, nor is it meant to be, disrespectful in any way of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech that he gave on August 28, 1963. Instead, it is a memoriam of his efforts in relation of the world around us and our efforts at the B/R.

Lastly, this is only a commentary on the world of sports. It is not to have a direct impact in changing it.

All changes and additions will be parenthesized in <..>.

Thank you.

The Speech

I have a dream...that one day this nation will rise up and

I have a dream...that one day on the red hills of Georgia will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood (Seriously, can't we all just get along?)

I have a dream...that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of , sweltering with the heat of , will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice

I have a dream...that where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the . I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its , one day right down in Alabama, will be able to join hands with as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day alley shall be , and every shall be made , the rough will be made plain, and the crooked will be made straight , and the glory of the shall be revealed and all shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I will go back to with. With this faith we will be able to out . With this faith we will be able to transform the of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to together, to pray together, to struggle together, to to jail together , to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. And this will be the day, this will be the day when all of children will be able to sing , "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring!" And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. < I didn't have to change ANY of that, you see...>

And so let freedom ring -- from the prodigious of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring -- from the mighty of New York.

Let freedom ring -- from the heightening of Pennsylvania (NFL teams...Eagles and Steelers).

Let freedom ring -- from the of Colorado.

Let freedom ring -- from the curvaceous of California.

But not only that.

Let freedom ring -- from the

Let freedom ring -- from the

Let freedom ring -- from every every , let freedom ring!

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every and every , from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of , will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the ,

O! say can you see by the dawn's early light

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming.

Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcdpiL60jXg >

Finally, the last part of the speech, the mostly quoted, the crescendoed climactic finale...

"Free at last, free at last.

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last." - MLKjr

No, THANK YOU, Martin. Thank you for giving us the ability to love one another regardless, thank you for the faith we would overcome the race and sex card and not judge on the cover, but the words and ideas beneath, and thank you for the speech I changed to fit into the sports world, but the meaning remained the same to me...

Thank you, Dr. King, for allowing my sports figures I look up to be a different race than myself, and for my appreciation of your words to help me live in serenity without the constant negativity of some of my race's bigotry still today.

I thank you, my brother, for existing and for your overwatch every day. You are missed...

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Original speech can be found at http://www.freemaninstitute.com/Dream.htm

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