Text Excerpts from “I Have a Dream” Address

About The Art Work

“We have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now…

Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands 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. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back…

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 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 that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low. The rough places will be plain and the crooked places will be made straight. This is our hope… and 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 Negro spiritual:

“Free at last, Free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”

Please note, the man in this picture is not the artist, rather, he is a San Francisco based activist, Del Seymour. You can read more about his work and out partnership by clicking here. 



“This mural speaks volumes to me. It takes a powerful speech and an iconic man and places both in proximity to every day life as a reminder of what and who we’re fighting for. It is a good reminder that we will all have things metaphorically written across our face which reflect who we are, what we stand for and what we have done in this world. Seeing this helps me to take a moment, refocus and recalibrate to ensure that the message I want people to know about my work and passion is one of love, of acceptance and of striving for change.”

- Scott Plank


The Artist

David Hollier

The Details

Acrylic on Canvas, 60in x 96in