"Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial justice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice reality for all of God's children." "The marvelous new militancy, which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and they have come to realize their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone."
“America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds. And so we have came to cash this check". "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the declaration of Independence. They were singing a promissory note to which every American was fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed to the "Unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty, and Happiness ".
"We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now." "When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the 'unalienable Rights' of '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 are concerned."