I Have a Dream - August 28, 1963

Today in the United States is Martin Luther King day. It is a “minor” holiday. I call it a minor holiday, not because of its significance but because, unfortunately most institutions do not honor it in action. Most businesses are still open. I have worked on Martin Luther King day for the past several years. What do you expepct, I’m a freelance editor who needs the days filled in my calendar. 

I DO however request that who ever I am working with take the time out to listen to this speech… it REALLY is amazing. Please take the 16 minutes it takes to relive this afternoon on the Mall in Washington DC. You think you know it, but every time I listen to it, I hear things I haven’t heard before.

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.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. 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. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. 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 injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. 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. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little 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, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls 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 that I go back to the South with. 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 upfor freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to 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!”


5th Amendment... what do YOU think?

Takes a while to watch it all, and there is actually a second part too but very interesting. Its scary but you should know your rights as a citizen.


Great Look...

Else Mobile (The Time Has Come) from Rob Chiu on Vimeo.

I like this piece for multiple reasons. Nice social commentary on the lie that technology makes our life easier. Cool futuristic look. Great graphic overlays. Some of it was shot on a Canon 5DMK2. Nice piece, I watched it and immediately wanted to see it again. Thats a good sign in my book.



Tired of shopping cart dings?

Ever get tired of your car getting ding at the super market? How about a shopping cart force field? I found this at


iTunes Monetary System - Part 2

OK, here is the break down. People have digital content that they want to sell on the internet. Music, Video, White Papers, eBooks, etc. Apple revolutionized music sales back in 2003 with the iTunes Music Store, later renamed the iTunes Store when they added video content and now of course the App Store to sell applications for the iPhone.

When the iTunes Music Store was first released every independent music producer immediately thought, "wow, this could be a way for me to sell MY music." The problem was that Apple said they couldn't deal with, or WANT to deal with the massive accounting problems when a small indy band wanted to tell say a few singles of one of their songs and apple didn't want to have to make payments to then and have to deal with all the paper work for small amounts. Apple DID however figure out a way to deal with paying just 5 major record labels.

Flash forward to the summer of 2008 and the release of the App Store and now we have thousands and thousands of App Developers selling applications for the iPhone for 99 cents or more and MANY are being distributed for FREE.

Obviously Apple has created an accounting system for these small purchases and obviously they are dealing with MANY more accounts than just the 5 major record labels. So something has changed.

But they still won't let independent content producers sell music or video content.


Well, in the past they said they didn't want to do micro-accounting, but that ship has sailed. So maybe its just a matter of time before indy content producers can sign up somehow and sell their music or video content thru iTunes.

My proposal.

Allow people to go thru a sign up process, much like an App developer has to do. Allow them to submit, content, 'liner notes' (are you too young to know what that is?), product description, album art and screen shots. Then you would sit back and wait for the royalties to come rolling in.

Here is the part where Apple could make a bundle.

If I sell one video a month for $1.99 and Apple takes 30% like they do for an Apps then they would owe me about $1.39 at the end of the month, and writing those checks could be a pain. But what if Apple developed a system for payouts that were on a sliding scale of commission. In other words. If I want Apple to only take 30% then I would have to wait until they owed me, lets say $1000 or more in payments. but if my title wasn't that popular maybe it would take months and months before I could earn $1000 so maybe I want to be paid every time I made $100. if that was the case, maybe I need to pay a larger percentage to Apple. Maybe $100 pay outs were 40% commission. Maybe $25 payouts were 50% commission.

So now I'm on a 30% commission scale and I'm waiting for my $1000 to earn up waiting to be paid by Apple, they be using that money, investing that money, loaning that money... and all of a sudden, iTunes is an entire monetary eco-system.

It may seem like a drag that I'm giving away 30%, 40% or even 50% of my revenue but frankly, they are giving me a way to sell my content that is ubiquitous and very easy to do.

(I do think that for that high return they should actually host my content so in that way its not like posting an RSS feed on iTunes and me hosting my own content on my server, but those details could be worked out.)

So that is my explanation of how iTunes could become an entire eco-system. Maybe one day you'll be able to say you read it hear first.