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经典英文演讲I Have a Dream

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经典英文演讲I Have a Dream
马丁·路德·金(1929—1968),美国黑人解放运动的著名领袖,1968 年被种族主义者刺
杀。1963 年8 月28 日,美国首都华盛顿举行大规模的黑人集会,为黑人争取自由、平等和
就业。马丁·路德·金在会上发表本篇演说。

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where
they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of
their character.  
I have a dream today.  
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s
lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and
nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys
and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white
girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.  
I have a dream today.  
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill
and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and
the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall

be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.  
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South.
With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a
stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling
discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With
this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle
together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing
that we will be free one day.  
 ——Martin Luther King  

 
[注释]:
Alabama: a tribe of the Creek confederacy formerly inhabiting southern Alabama and now
located in eastern Texas 阿拉巴马州(美国的一个州) 
lip: either of two fleshy folds that surround the opening of the mouth 嘴唇 
drip: to let fall in or as if in drops (使)滴下 
interposition: 异议 
nullification: the state of being nullified 无效 
transform: to subject (a construction) to a transformation 改变 
exalt: 升高 
crooked: having or marked by bends, curves, or angles 弯曲的 
glory: a highly praiseworthy asset 荣誉,光荣 
reveal: to make known (something concealed or secret) 显示,透露 
jangling: 刺耳的 
discord: inharmonious combination of simultaneously sounded tones; dissonance 意见不合,嘈
杂声 
symphony: 交响乐,交响曲 
brotherhood: the state or relationship of being brothers 手足情谊 
 
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