Remaining awake through a great revolution

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A Transcription of a Speech delivered by Martin Luther King1

May 29, 1964, Golden Gymnasium, California Western University, San Diego

(Since 1973 the campus of Point Loma Nazarene College)

Ladies and gentlemen:
I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to have the opportunity of coming once

more to the city of San Diego, California, and the opportunity of being a part of this

meeting. It is always a rich and rewarding experience when I can take a brief break

from the day to day and hour to hour demands of our struggle in the South, and discuss

the issues involved in that struggle with concerned people all over this nation and all

over the world. And I want to express my deep personal appreciation to all of the

sponsoring groups this evening for making this magnificent meeting possible. I say this

magnificent meeting because you have turned out in such large numbers, and I am sure

that your presence here tonight is indicative of your support and your concern in the

area of civil rights. Certainly we need that support in this hour and at this period in

our nation's history. And I can assure you that I am deeply inspired as I look out into

your faces and as I notice this beautiful integrated audience. It gives me deep joy within. I wish you could see yourselves and look how beautiful you look. And somehow this is what mankind should be and how mankind should look one day in our nation all over this vast land. We will come to see integration not as a problem, but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity. And so it is great and noble to have the privilege of being here tonight and I bring greetings to you from all of the members, all of the officers, and all of the staff members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference who are working all over the Southland to make justice and freedom a reality in that section of the country.
We have our difficult moments as you well know. In fact I just talked with some of

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