And from the wells of this democratic spirit, the nation finally forced Congress (Well) to write legislation (Yes, sir) in the hope that it would eradicate the stain of Birmingham. (Yes, sir) I know there is a cry today in Alabama, (Uh huh) we see it in numerous editorials: "When will Martin Luther King, SCLC, SNCC, and all of these civil rights agitators and all of the white clergymen and labor leaders and students and others get out of our community and let Alabama return to normalcy?". We are not about to turn around. Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march) until the Wallaces of our nation tremble away in silence. It is normalcy all over Alabama (Yeah) that prevents the Negro from becoming a registered voter. Now it is not an accident that one of the great marches of American history should terminate in Montgomery, Alabama. The battle is in our hands. ... Our founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights, given us by our Creator in Heaven, and that which God has given us, we will allow no one ever to take away ever. (Yes, sir) The only normalcy that we will settle for is the normalcy of brotherhood, the normalcy of true peace, the normalcy of justice. Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Our God is Marching On” speech resonates still . (Listen to him) That is what was known as the Populist Movement. How long will justice be crucified, (Speak) and truth bear it?" (Yes, sir), How long? (Speak) It was normalcy in Birmingham (Yes) that led to the murder on Sunday morning of four beautiful, unoffending, innocent girls. (Yes, sir) Let us march on segregated housing (Yes, sir) until every ghetto or social and economic depression dissolves, and Negroes and whites live side by side in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Eighteen hundred years of marching, eighteen hundred years of song, Still the Conqueror advances, and the time will not be long Till the Lord shall come in glory and shall overthrow the wrong, Our God is marching on. And fortunately, he happened to be in on this thing last night. Rhetorical Analysis The Civil Rights Movement is a time when African American and Caucasian activists worked together to fight for the equality of all people. His truth is marching on. Glory, glory, hallelujah! They told us we wouldnt get here. After Montgomery’s, heroic confrontations loomed up in Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, and elsewhere. Glory, hallelujah! (Yes, sir) That’s what happened when the Negro and white masses of the South threatened to unite and build a great society: a society of justice where none would pray upon the weakness of others; a society of plenty where greed and poverty would be done away; a society of brotherhood where every man would respect the dignity and worth of human personality. He also vowed a federal crackdown on the Klan. Well) Out of this struggle, more than bus [de]segregation was won; a new idea, more powerful than guns or clubs was born. If we are lucky enough to find a gun on them, that will be the big break in the case... He describes his astonishment that, at the start of the 21st century, religious faith is gaining ground in the face of rational, scientific truth. Glory, hallelujah! But God has a way of even putting nations in their place. The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! President Johnson: What is an infiltrator and an informant? (Yes, sir) He gave him Jim Crow. And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, but all the world today knows that we are here and we are standing before the forces of power in the state of Alabama saying, 'We aint goin let nobody turn us around'... Today I want to tell the city of Selma, today I want to say to the state of Alabama, today I want to say to the people of America and the nations of the world, that we are not about to turn around. In focusing the attention of the nation and the world today on the flagrant denial of the right to vote, we are exposing the very origin, the root cause, of racial segregation in the Southland. (Yes, sir. Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. ... Read the full transcript … I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps, They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps; I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps: His day is m… It is normalcy all over our country (Yes, sir) which leaves the Negro perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of vast ocean of material prosperity. "How long? How Long, Not Long (AKA Our God Is Marching On) March 25, 1965. (Yes) No, we will not allow Alabama (Go ahead) to return to normalcy. Otherwise we would be looking for a needle in a haystack. Not long, because no lie can live forever. They told us we wouldn’t get here. (Uh huh) And when his wrinkled stomach cried out for the food that his empty pockets could not provide, (Yes, sir) he ate Jim Crow, a psychological bird that told him that no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man. Truth forever on the scaffold, Through his words in “Our God is Marching On,” a much broader picture of King emerges, showing a civil-rights leader who, steeped in the African-American church experience, ad- The next morning, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover called President Johnson with news: the Bureau was poised to arrest Liuzzo's killers, three members of the Ku Klux Klan. Tim: It takes two ingredients to deliver a message that really sticks. Because the arc of the moral universe is long, But he's one of these people that we put in, just like we do into the Communist party, so they'll keep us informed. Transcript; Add translations. Be jubilant, my feet! And, behind the dim unknown, We pay him for it. His truth is marching on." The burning of our churches will not deter us. (Speak, sir) Somebody’s asking, "How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?" They then directed the placement on the books of the South of laws that made it a crime for Negroes and whites to come together as equals at any level. We have walked through desolate valleys and across the trying hills. (Uh huh) And I smiled to see in the newspaper photographs of many a decade ago, the faces so bright, so solemn, of our valiant heroes, the people of Montgomery. Glory, hallelujah! (That’s right). Not long, because 'no lie can live forever." Chorus. His truth is marching on.". Glory, hallelujah! JEH: No, we go to someone who is in the Klan and persuade him to work for the government. There were no laws segregating the races then. (Yes, sir) And again the brutality of a dying order shrieks across the land. Montgomery, Ala. Background: "How Long, Not Long" is the popular name given to the public speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after the successful completion of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965. Yes, sir. (Uh huh) And when his undernourished children cried out for the necessities that his low wages could not provide, he showed them the Jim Crow signs on the buses and in the stores, on the streets and in the public buildings. Through their control of mass media, they revised the doctrine of white supremacy. Well) with the conviction that segregation is on its deathbed in Alabama, and the only thing uncertain about it is how costly the segregationists and Wallace will make the funeral. You hire someone and they join the Klan? (Yes, sir). Rhetorical Analysis of Martin Luther King Jr's Our God is Marching On. Let us march on poverty (Let us march) until no American parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat. 601 Words 2 Pages. (Yes, sir), These words I have given you just as they were given us by the unknown, long-dead, dark-skinned originator. How long? P: (650) 723-2092 | F: (650) 723-2093 | email@example.com | Campus Map. In this two-part Channel 4 series, Professor Richard Dawkins challenges what he describes as 'a process of non-thinking called faith'. ... Reverend B. Copeland - “Our God is Marching On” Our God is Marching On Full half a hundred circling years have dawned and waned away (Yes, sir), Thus, the threat of the free exercise of the ballot by the Negro and the white masses alike (Uh huh) resulted in the establishment of a segregated society. I have full confidence … Yet that scaffold sways the future, (Uh huh) And I smiled to see in the newspaper photographs of many a decade ago, the faces so bright, so solemn, of our valiant heroes, the people of Montgomery. Keeping watch above his own. Somebody’s asking, "When will the radiant star of hope be plunged against the nocturnal bosom of this lonely night, (Speak, speak, speak) plucked from weary souls with chains of fear and the manacles of death? Negroes took it and carried it across the South in epic battles (Yes, sir. The only normalcy that we will settle for (Yes, sir) is the normalcy that recognizes the dignity and worth of all of God’s children. Be jubilant my feet! To meet this threat, the southern aristocracy began immediately to engineer this development of a segregated society. You see, it was a simple thing to keep the poor white masses working for near-starvation wages in the years that followed the Civil War. Not long, because (Speak, sir) The leaders of this movement began awakening the poor white masses (Yes, sir) and the former Negro slaves to the fact that they were being fleeced by the emerging Bourbon interests. Glory, hallelujah! He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; But not until the colossus of segregation was challenged in Birmingham did the conscience of America begin to bleed. I must admit to you that there are still some difficult days ahead. And Jesus is full of Joy. (Yes, sir) The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. Glory, hallelujah! After several days of marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the marchers' feet were sore and their bodies were tired, but their souls were rested. Not long, (All right. Our God is marching on. (Yes, sir) He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; (Speak, sir) He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat. We are moving to the land of freedom. 21 views. I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, because truth crushed to earth will rise again. Originally published January 18, 2008 at 12:00 am Updated January 19, 2008 at 4:47 pm We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. How long? But we must keep going. We have walked on meandering highways and rested our … (That’s right) O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! Martin Luther King Jr.: I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. We are on the move now. (Speak, Doctor). (Yes, sir) The pattern of their feet as they walked through Jim Crow barriers in the great stride toward freedom is the thunder of the marching men of Joshua, (Yes, sir) and the world rocks beneath their tread. (Yes, sir) I like that old Negro spiritual, (Yes, sir) "Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho." We are still in for a season of suffering in many of the black belt counties of Alabama, many areas of Mississippi, many areas of Louisiana. In the glow of the lamplight on my desk a few nights ago, I gazed again upon the wondrous sign of our times, full of hope and promise of the future. Key excerpts "Last Sunday, more than eight thousand of us started on a mighty walk from Selma, Alabama. In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea, 'Our God is Marching On!' Yet, strangely, the climactic conflicts always were fought and won on Alabama soil. We have walked on meandering highways and rested our bodies on rocky byways. Talk) but all the world today knows that we are here and we are standing before the forces of power in the state of Alabama saying, "We ain’t goin’ let nobody turn us around." And we can answer with creative nonviolence the call to higher ground to which the new directions of our struggle summons us. Matt Chandler’s 2012 sermon, God is for God may not be the best message he’s ever preached. Let us march on ballot boxes, (Let’s march) march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena. (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. JEH: We've got the informant in the office and we're talking to him because he's scared to death - naturally, because he fears for his life. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. (Yes, sir), How long? They knew that our country is blessed by God and has a special purpose in this world. Glory, glory, hallelujah! The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful dignity, (Speak, sir) but without the vote it was dignity without strength. Read the full transcript. (Yes, sir. Once more the method of nonviolent resistance (Yes) was unsheathed from its scabbard, and once again an entire community was mobilized to confront the adversary. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; Not only that, but they began uniting the Negro and white masses (Yeah) into a voting bloc that threatened to drive the Bourbon interests from the command posts of political power in the South. Our God is marching On! Speech delivered on March 25, 1965, in Montgomery, Alabama , at the end of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. How long) because "you shall reap what you sow." © Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305. Standeth God within the shadow, In the glow of the lamplight on my desk a few nights ago, I gazed again upon the wondrous sign of our times, full of hope and promise of the future. "How long? Read the full speech transcript here. If it may be said of the slavery era that the white man took the world and gave the Negro Jesus, then it may be said of the Reconstruction era that the southern aristocracy took the world and gave the poor white man Jim Crow. Information Age. (Yes, sir) We are moving to the land of freedom. In its simple, yet colorful, depiction (Yes, sir) of that great moment in biblical history, it tells us that: Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, (Tell it), Joshua fit the battle of Jericho, (Yes, sir), And the walls come tumbling down. Noem, Secretary Bernhardt — very much appreciate it — members of Congress, distinguished guests, and a very special hello to South Dakota. Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." Among those listening to King's speech was Viola Liuzzo, a white mother of five who had traveled from Detroit to join the march. We have walked through desolate valleys and across the trying hills. (Yes, sir. "Our God is Marching On," "A Time to Break the Silence," and "The Other America" are all moving speeches from King that many have not heard. We are on the move now. The wanton release of their known murderers would not discourage us. (Yes, sir), Through the blood of the slaughtered. A president born in the South (Well) had the sensitivity to feel the will of the country, (Speak, sir) and in an address that will live in history as one of the most passionate pleas for human rights ever made by a president of our nation, he pledged the might of the federal government to cast off the centuries-old blight. It was normalcy on Highway 80 (Yes, sir) that led state troopers to use tear gas and horses and billy clubs against unarmed human beings who were simply marching for justice. (Yes, sir). Glory, hallelujah! But today as I stand before you and think back over that great march, I can say, as Sister Pollard said—a seventy-year-old Negro woman who lived in this community during the bus boycott—and one day, she was asked while walking if she didn’t want to ride. (Yes, sir) The battle is in our hands. Speak) [Applause]. They segregated southern money from the poor whites; they segregated southern mores from the rich whites; (Yes, sir) they segregated southern churches from Christianity (Yes, sir); they segregated southern minds from honest thinking; (Yes, sir) and they segregated the Negro from everything. (Yes, sir. (Yes, sir) Some now long-gone black bard bequeathed to posterity these words in ungrammatical form, (Yes, sir) yet with emphatic pertinence for all of us today. Chorus. Why, if the poor white plantation or mill worker became dissatisfied with his low wages, the plantation or mill owner would merely threaten to fire him and hire former Negro slaves and pay him even less. (Yes, sir) The wanton release of their known murderers would not discourage us. The speech entitled Our God is Marching On, acknowledges that injustice still remains but King still savors this exhilarating victory by pointing out that "We have come a long way since that travesty of justice was perpetrated upon the American mind. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,” 2 Pet 1:2. Now a million souls are telling of redemption full and free, While truth is marching on. Our God is marching on. Toward the end of the Reconstruction era, something very significant happened. ... Jesus lives to Glorify God. (Yes, sir), Today I want to tell the city of Selma, (Tell them, Doctor) today I want to say to the state of Alabama, (Yes, sir) today I want to say to the people of America and the nations of the world, that we are not about to turn around. And so I plead with you this afternoon as we go ahead: remain committed to nonviolence. Not long, because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. We’ve come a long way since that travesty of justice was perpetrated upon the American mind. (Speak, sir) It was normalcy by a cafe in Selma, Alabama, that led to the brutal beating of Reverend James Reeb. Racial segregation as a way of life did not come about as a natural result of hatred between the races immediately after the Civil War. Glory, hallelujah! (No) There are no broad highways that lead us easily and inevitably to quick solutions. President Johnson rightly praised the courage of the Negro for awakening the conscience of the nation. We are on the move now. And Governor Noem, Secretary Bernhardt -- very much appreciate it -- membe He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat. And we won't stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation. I have full confidence … Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march. White America was profoundly aroused by Birmingham because it witnessed the whole community of Negroes facing terror and brutality with majestic scorn and heroic courage. Yes, sir) to turn the whole nation to a new course. Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs (Yes, sir) will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens. Summary and Analysis. Yes, sir) [Applause]. Since God is marching on. "Our God Is Marching On!" And Gov. (Yes, sir) The battle is in our hands in Mississippi and Alabama and all over the United States. [Audience:] (Speak) Our bodies are tired and our feet are somewhat sore. (Yes, sir) But in spite of this, we must go on and be sure that they did not die in vain. Yet, Selma, Alabama, became a shining moment in the conscience of man. In the glow of the lamplight on my desk a few nights ago, I gazed again upon the wondrous sign of our times, full of hope and promise of the future. Be jubilant my feet! Not long. (Yes), I know you are asking today, "How long will it take?" He said: That with tears hath been watered. There is nothing wrong with marching in this sense. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 provided a portion of dignity, but without the vote, it lacked strength. tom segura: ball hog (2020) – full transcript March 25, 2020 Tom Segura scores laughs with uncomfortably candid stories about mothers, fathers, following your dreams — and other things you'd rather not think about. His final speech, "I've Been to the Mountaintop," is also famous for being strangely prophetic, as he was killed the … (Yes, sir) Glory, hallelujah! (Uh huh). Transcript. LBJ: That's wonderful, Edgar. (Yes, sir), I come to say to you this afternoon, however difficult the moment, (Yes, sir) however frustrating the hour, it will not be long, (No sir) because "truth crushed to earth will rise again." Handout. All right) And in a real sense this afternoon, we can say that our feet are tired, (Yes, sir) but our souls are rested. (Yes, sir), Yes, we are on the move and no wave of racism can stop us. (Yes, sir) The Bible tells us that the mighty men of Joshua merely walked about the walled city of Jericho (Yes) and the barriers to freedom came tumbling down. (Yes, sir). His truth is marching on. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. Our whole campaign in Alabama has been centered around the right to vote. But I have a message that I would like to leave with Alabama this evening. (Yes, sir) Let us march on poverty (Let us march) until wrinkled stomachs in Mississippi are filled, (That's right) and the idle industries of Appalachia are realized and revitalized, and broken lives in sweltering ghettos are mended and remolded. (All right), Cypress Hall D, 466 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA 94305-4146 As it turned out, there had been a fourth man in the car, an FBI informant. but it bends toward justice. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. (Tell it) That is exactly what we don’t want, and we will not allow it to happen, (Yes, sir) for we know that it was normalcy in Marion (Yes, sir) that led to the brutal murder of Jimmy Lee Jackson. To this list may be added the names of all those (Yes) who have fought and, yes, died in the nonviolent army of our day: Medgar Evers, (Speak) three civil rights workers in Mississippi last summer, (Uh huh) William Moore, as has already been mentioned, (Yes, sir) the Reverend James Reeb, (Yes, sir) Jimmy Lee Jackson, (Yes, sir) and four little girls in the church of God in Birmingham on Sunday morning. And so as we go away this afternoon, let us go away more than ever before committed to this struggle and committed to nonviolence. Here is the full text of President Donald Trump's speech at South Dakota's 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration in Keystone, South Dakota: "Well, thank you very much. O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! How long? (How long?) The speech is also known as "Our God Is Marching On!" J. Edgar Hoover: They discussed that after it was over, if the woman died, they were going to throw the guns into the blast furnace where they worked in those steel mills down there. He has sounded from the trumpet that shall never call retreat He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! (Yes, sir) And his children, too, learned to feed upon Jim Crow, (Speak) their last outpost of psychological oblivion. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. How long? “Great peace have they which love thy law:…” Ps … We can multiply the effect by revelation. He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; Somebody’s asking, "When will wounded justice, lying prostrate on the streets of Selma and Birmingham and communities all over the South, be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men?" (Yes, sir) Like an idea whose time has come, (Yes, sir) not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. (Yes, sir) From Montgomery to Birmingham, (Yes, sir) from Birmingham to Selma, (Yes, sir) from Selma back to Montgomery, (Yes) a trail wound in a circle long and often bloody, yet it has become a highway up from darkness. And there were those who said that we would get here only over their dead bodies, (Well. Read the full transcript of this classic speech. The burning of our churches will not deter us. The confrontation of good and evil compressed in the tiny community of Selma (Speak, speak) generated the massive power (Yes, sir. Full transcript of the 2016 U.N. speech Emma Watson gave on gender inequality and sexual assault in higher education as part of the HeForShe campaign. And with her ungrammatical profundity, she said, "My feets is tired, but my soul is rested." We have been drenched by the rains. Some have literally slept in the mud. And when she answered, "No," the person said, "Well, aren’t you tired?" Our God is Marching On And The Montgomery Bus Boycott Conclusion Staying Strong Historical Context Thesis The Ballot Box Including the Crowd Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena. (Yes, sir) The road ahead is not altogether a smooth one. His truth is marching on. Not long: (Not long), Yet that scaffold sways the future, (Yes, sir), How long? Montgomery was the first city in the South in which the entire Negro community united and squarely faced its age-old oppressors. The sermons and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., comprise an extensive catalog of American writing and oratory – some of which are internationally well-known, while others remain unheralded, and some await re-discovery.. Martin Luther King Jr. was a prominent African-American clergyman, a leader in the civil rights movement and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. O, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! (Yes, sir. I must admit to you that there are still jail cells waiting for us, and dark and difficult moments. Thank you so much. Not long, because you shall reap what you sow. 1. The free men of the world are marching together to Victory! Tell it), Up to the walls of Jericho they marched, spear in hand. The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us....The beating and killing of our clergymen and young people will not divert us. Let us march on ballot boxes (Let us march) until we send to our city councils (Yes, sir), state legislatures, (Yes, sir) and the United States Congress, (Yes, sir) men who will not fear to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God. Glory, glory, hallelujah! The seed was planted at salvation. (Yes, sir) The bombing of our homes will not dissuade us. (Yes, sir), Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; (Yes, sir), He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; (Yes), He has loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword; (Yes, sir), He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat; (Speak, sir), He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment seat. (Yes, sir), How long? Thus, the southern wage level was kept almost unbearably low. (Yes, sir), My people, my people, listen. Not long, (Yes, sir) because "no lie can live forever." (Yes, sir) We are on the move now. That day - March 26, 1965 - President Johnson announced the arrests of four men suspected of murdering Viola Liuzzo. (Amen) The God that I worship has a way of saying, "Don't play with me." Speak, sir) So I stand before you this afternoon (Speak, sir. Let us therefore continue our triumphant march (Uh huh) to the realization of the American dream. That will be the day of man as man. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. b. [Applause]. And as the noted historian, C. Vann Woodward, in his book, The Strange Career of Jim Crow, clearly points out, the segregation of the races was really a political stratagem employed by the emerging Bourbon interests in the South to keep the southern masses divided and southern labor the cheapest in the land. If the worst in American life lurked in its dark streets, the best of American instincts arose passionately from across the nation to overcome it. MLK: Our God is Marching On (How Long, Not Long) ... not even the marching of mighty armies can halt us. Wrong forever on the throne, By midnight she would be dead - shot while driving a black man home from the demonstration. It takes the right message and it takes the right time. The tide has turned! (Yes, sir) March on poverty (Let us march) until no starved man walks the streets of our cities and towns (Yes, sir) in search of jobs that do not exist.
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