Finally, as I try to delineate for you and for myself the road
that leads from Montgomery to this place I would have offered
all that was most valid if I simply said that I must be true
to my conviction that I share with all men the calling to be
a son of the living God. Beyond the calling of race or nation
or creed is this vocation of sonship and brotherhood, and because
I believe that the Father is deeply concerned especially for
his suffering and helpless and outcast children, I come tonight
to speak for them.
This I believe to be the privilege and
the burden of all of us who deem ourselves bound by allegiances
and loyalties which are broader and deeper than nationalism and
which go beyond our nation's self-defined goals and positions.
We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims
of our nation and for those it calls enemy, for no document from
human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.