Martin Luther King Shakes a Marching Crowd

By Nathaly Duran

August 28, 1963 at the feet of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. as part of the March for Jobs and Freedom for African Americans, Reverent Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech in front of a crowd of about 300,000 people.

Martin Luther King who is widely recognized for being a pacifist, spoke to the presents of this event of how one hundred years later after the signing of the Emancipation, the “Negro” is still a slave of segregation, discrimination and prejudices, mentioning the different atrocities that are still being committed against the African American community at all levels : social, educational, governmental, and psychological.

During his speech Rv. Luther King stated that freedom must be fought in a peaceful manner, until the day in which the African American community of this country is “satisfied” with the results, as said on this portion of his speech “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Martin Luther King’s Speech for the March for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 (Video file). Retrieved from

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