"When we let freedom ring,
when we let it ring
from every village and every hamlet,
from every state and every city,
we will be able to speed up that day
when all of God's children,
black men and white men,
Jews and Gentiles,
Protestants and Catholics,
will be able to join hands and
sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
'Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!'"
Speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.