'In a sense we've 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.'
Four years earlier Lorraine Hansbury had picked up exactly the same point in the play 'A Raisin in the Sun'. She was heavily influenced by a predecessor of King's, the poet Langston Hughes........
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
........hence the title of her play.
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