“I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be as a people, our destiny is tied up in the destiny of America.”
EDIT: Just thought I’d add why I love this so much. When I heard Ed Husain speak two years ago, he said a huge difference between the UK and US is that in the former, Muslim men through 7/7 expressed their anger at the country they grew up in by turning to terror and talking of their ‘brothers’ in Iraq. Can anyone imagine such alienation and lack of identification with one’s actual fellow citizens in America? This MLK quote sums it up for me. It’s quite awe-inspiring how, despite a racial group having been trampled on for centuries by a country, they could nevertheless recognise and fight for its core values. The irony was that the solution to slavery and segregation lay in the US Constitution itself.