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Grantham University Supports Harry W. Colmery for Presidential Medal of Freedom


A Look at the Past
Harry W. Colmery was an American who vowed to serve the Army in 1917. Promoted to the rank of first lieutenant he served as a captain for ten years. He returned to practice law and in order to stay connected with his fellow people, he joined the American Legion. After being elected National Commander in 1936, Colmery became passionate to serve the Legion and his veteran Americans.

Gathering Up
Colmery was worried about the circumstances dawning with the close of the Second World War and thought that it was imperative to take some action. Colmery drafted the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act in 1944 famously known as the G.I. Bill after a session of rigorous debate and discussion. The bill proved to be an immense help to the returning veterans of World War II.

The Bill that Mattered
The G.I. Bill was a part of the post world war legislation. The benefits that it gave included ‘low cost mortgages, to interest loans or starting business, cash payments as well, living expenses and unemployment compensation’. These benefits were available to all veterans who had served in the army for a period of ninety days. The bill was a success since it allowed veterans to attend colleges and universities.

Grantham University
Grantham University is located in Kansas and provides online degree programs, and was founded in 1951. The University supports Harry W. Colmery for the Presidential Medal of Freedom taking note of his good works in drafting of a bill that helped a large number of war veterans achieve their educational dreams. Grantham University is launching a campaign to nominate him for the greatest civilian honor our nation has to offer.

Accredited since 1961 by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council, Grantham University has a distinguished record as a respected distance learning university spanning six decades of service to education.

Grantham University’s four distinct colleges offer 40+ different degree and certificate programs in Accounting, Business, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Computer Science, Cyber-security Concepts, Engineering Technology, Allied Health, Information Technology, Performance Improvement and Nursing. Plus, the Mark Skousen School of Business has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

What the Bill Helped Achieve
With 2.6 million veterans preparing to enter the army and lots of war like situations developing the G.I. Bill finds its significance in the life of all veterans. The American dream has always been one of progressing towards higher education. The G.I Bill has helped take a step forward towards it. The university believes that with the implementation of such a revolutionary idea Colmery deserves not just the nation’s highest honor but much more.

For the Highest Award
The nation’s highest civilian award today is the Presidential Medal of Freedom started initially by President Truman in 1945 to honor all those who served the nation diligently at the time of war. Almost 500 people have already received the medal for their excellent service and have worked for national interest of the United Nations.

Need for Support
The support that the University is providing to Harry W. Colmery's accomplishments and contributions is only a start. Support is needed from those whom believe Colmery should be recognized for his unselfish contribution to making the G.I. Bill a reality.. To send your letter in support of Colmery being posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, go here: http://awardforfreedom.com/takeaction 

Talking about the Significance
The bill is said to have been drafted by Colmery at Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. The G.I. Bill has been indicated to be one of the most important and significant pieces of legislation existing in the country. Colmery could anticipate the state of a war veteran once the war ends and the turmoil he has to face all his life thereafter. 

Humanity Face to Face
The move taken by Colmery was one that embraced humanity and sent aloud the message that selfless service stands above all other passions. By thinking for his fellow soldiers and servicemen and women, Colmery ensured a secure place for himself in the hearts of all fellow countrymen. His work definitely should be recognized and the measures taken by the Grantham University should also be supported.

Where There is Light There is Darkness
The Bill faced some opposition on the grounds that the “military service should be an obligation for citizens and not a basis of obtaining benefits”. However, if everybody thought on the same lines then the world would be a very selfish place to live. People like Colmery are less on the Earth but since they still exist it becomes a duty to honor them for thinking about others.

The bill sponsored the lives of innumerable soldiers and helped sustain their educational pursuits. Any step towards humanity should be welcome. Colmery should be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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www.Grantham.edu participates in Heart of America Stand Down in Kansas City



World War II veteran, Donald Grantham, returned home in 1951 from the South Pacific and founded the institution with the goal of providing education opportunities to his fellow veterans returning home from war. Over six decades later, Grantham University continues to proudly serve the academic needs of those who serve our great nation by providing high-quality, professionally relevant degree programs that are both affordable and accessible worldwide.



Grantham’s sixty three year commitment to America’s men and women in uniform is evidenced by the fact that today the University is ranked as a “Top 10” degree granting institution serving the unique academic needs of learners from the military community including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, Ready Reserve and veterans alike.

Giving back is an integral part of Grantham’s mission and thus our commitment to students and staff alike.  To that end Grantham employees have the opportunity, in addition to regular paid vacation, to take one additional paid day off annually to volunteer for a community organization of their choice. A large number of Grantham University staff use this paid day off to volunteer at the annual Heart of America Stand Down in Kansas City, Missouri.  With an estimated 2,000 homeless veterans in the greater Kansas City area, the Stand Down provides assistance with medical, substance abuse, legal issues, taxes, housing, counseling, and haircuts.

Grantham University has a rich history of service to America's veterans. You can learn more by listening to the Mp3 story file at: 

http://picosong.com/qU94



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Grantham University’s curious look at Cobra Pit Cleaner vs Tower Climber





Grantham University's "Ever Wonder" Series explores modern cultural curiosities, and asks viewers to compare and decide which of the presented examples are more interesting.

                                     

Both of the jobs you are about to witness are, indeed, very scary and make your stomach flutter with anxious butterflies. Imagine having a part-time job as a snake cage cleaner where you just pick up cobra's all day, toss them aside, and clean up their mess. Or imagine having a job that entails that you climb to the very top of the transmission tower to make the appropriate adjustments it requires. That is one very high and long climb into the sky.

‘Cobra Pit Cleaner' is the first scary job we see. The video shows us a man who picks up several cobra snakes and tosses them aside so that he can sweep up the snakes mess and keep their cage clean. At the end of the scene we actually can hear one of the snakes that he picks up hiss at him, while he is looking the snake directly in the face and then tosses him aside so casually. All we can say is “yikes!” 'Tower Climber' is it an incredibly scary feat that requires the worker to climb over 2,000 feet to reach the top of the transmission tower, in order to work on it. We definitely wouldn't want to make a misstep anywhere on this tower's climb or it could be fatal. Viewers loved the skit and started uploading their own renditions by the thousands!

In this episode, ‘Cobra Pit Cleaner vs Tower Climber’, we ask the question, 'Which job was the most dangerous?'

Watch, decide and comment below!

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Grantham University Professional Development Workshop on Business Globalization and the Movement of Entrepreneurship

Grantham University recently hosted a Professional Development Workshop on Business Globalization and the Movement of Entrepreneurship and How This Affects Students and Higher Education



The event was held at the Cohen Center at the Plaza Library at 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112 and was sponsored by the Grantham University Mark Skousen School of Business The Grantham University Mark Skousen School of Business offers online degrees in a variety of programs, including accounting, business administration, business management, and performance improvement. The Mark Skousen School of Business at Grantham University has been awarded the status of Candidate for Accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The Mark Skousen School of Business has affirmed its commitment to excellence in business education and is eligible to undergo an accreditation review of its business programs.


Guest panelists representing academia, small business and global business school accreditors guided the discussion and included:

  • Eden and Jeff Lord, owners, Dash Enterprises LLC 
  • Dr. Janet Smith, entrepreneur and business faculty member at Grantham 
  • Roben Graziadei, entrepreneur, corporate trainer and senior account manager at McGraw Hill 
  • Jason Grill, business owner and radio show host 
  • Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik, vice president and chief operations officer, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Eden Lord, Dash Enterprises, LLC (Co-Owner), Grantham Business Faculty Member
Eden Lord is co-founder and chief executive officer of Dash Enterprises, LLC, a web-based multimedia firm. An adjunct instructor for Grantham, she also serves on Grantham’s Employer Advisory Board. Eden helms the Cambria Lord Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families with chronically ill children, and is involved with a number of other philanthropic organizations. She has taught for several other colleges and holds a bachelor of arts in economics, a paralegal certificate and a master of science. She will soon complete her doctorate in education.

Jeff Lord, Dash Enterprises, LLC (Co-Owner), Grantham Business Faculty Member
As co-founder and chief technology officer of Dash Enterprises, LLC, Jeff Lord also serves as director of information technology for a local Kansas City specialty foods company. With 25 years of information technology experience to his credit, Jeff has been an adjunct instructor with Grantham since 2009. In addition, he has taught for ITT Technical. Jeff holds a bachelor’s in organizational management and leadership, a master’s of science in management, and will complete his doctorate of management in information systems technology in December 2013.

Roben Graziadei, Corporate Trainer and Senior Account Manager at McGraw Hill
As founder and owner of Net Result, Roben Graziadei is a learning and development solutions provider who delivers bottom-line results. She has collaborated with such companies as AMD, AutoDesk, Google, Seagate Technologies, Safeway Corporation and Microsoft, and is a compelling speaker who captivates her audiences with warmth, sincerity and humor. Roben graduated with distinctions from National University with a master’s degree in counseling psychology.

Jason Grill, Business Owner, Radio Show Host
Jason Grill is the owner of JGrill Media & Consulting, a strategic media relations, public affairs and government relations firm. As an attorney and former Missouri State Representative, Jason is also founder and host of the Entrepreneur KC Radio Show on the KMBZ Business Channel. 

Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik, VP and COO at IACBE
As vice president and chief operations officer for the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Dr. Margareta Knopik brings a combination of corporate and academic experience to the table.  Her research interest is entrepreneurship with a particular focus on female entrepreneurs, rural area entrepreneurship, and innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education.

Edward Bernica, Senior Executive Coach, Urban Entrepreneur Partnership, Inc.
Edward Bernica is a financial and operations management executive with expertise in capital markets, process management, strategic planning, operations, and mergers and acquisitions. His achievements include raising more than $4 billion in the long-term capital market, and turning around and re-financing a struggling $50 million company. An entrepreneur himself, Mr. Bernica brings to the UEP special knowledge of financial and operations services within the energy, utilities and tech sectors. He previously held executive positions with ACT Teleconferencing in Denver, Energy West in Great Falls, and U.S. West International in Englewood, Colorado. Mr. Bernica holds an M.B.A. from Creighton University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas.


PANEL QUESTIONS

1.     Do entrepreneurs and small businesses hold the keys to global economic recovery?
2.     What role do entrepreneurs and small business have to play in global economic recovery?
3.     What does this mean for today’s business students?
4.     In the 2012 Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, it was reported that businesses are actually being created at a rate 5% higher now than before the recession began, with approximately 543,000 new businesses being started each month. How does this entrepreneur movement impact business faculty?
5.     In a study conducted by the Kauffman foundation in 2009, titled “The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur”, they found that over 95% of respondents had a bachelor’s degree and 47% had an advanced degree. With those statistics in mind, how do you think higher education helps meet the needs or increase the likelihood of success for students who want to start their own businesses?
6.     Does the movement of entrepreneurship in any way negate the need for formal higher education?  
7.     What alternative forms of higher education might meet the needs of entrepreneurial students?
8.     How do you or how could college faculty and instructors weave the importance of entrepreneurship into college courses?
9.     How is globalization impacting higher education and, in particular, how we should teach our students? How is globalization impacting entrepreneurship?
10.  In your opinion, what are some of the growing global industries higher education should focus on to prepare an entrepreneurial student for success?
11.  If you could give one piece of advice to a business student on small business ownership in a time of global economic recovery, what would it be?
12.  What one point or theme should we take from this panel?


FACULTY INTERVIEWS

Barbara Davis – BA661, Human Resource Strategies
Course Description: Students examine HR’s evolving role as an important element of strategic management and as a source of competitive advantage. Course topics include diversity and effective management, change and performance management, teams and team effectiveness, and the roles and responsibilities of HR professionals, managers, and employees.

Jeff Lord – BA365, Introduction to Operations Management
Course Description: This course is an introduction to operations management that strikes a balance between both the managerial issues and quantitative techniques of operations. There is an increased emphasis on information technology and the effect of the Internet and e-business on operations management. Important changes taking place in operations, such as supply chains, e-business, and information technology are integrated with more traditional topics in operations such as strategy, quality, and competitiveness. Topics include the strategic importance of operations, designing the operating system, managing the supply chain, and ensuring quality.

Eden Lord – BA150, Principles of Business Management
Course Description: Principles of Business Management is an introductory course that provides students with a practical and concrete explanation of the concepts and techniques they will need as managers in today’s new organizations. The sequence of topics follows the familiar pattern of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. Throughout the course, the manager’s role in leading and accommodating change is emphasized. The course also introduces the student to the issues of managing global businesses, especially the ways in which managers need to develop a global perspective in order to be successful. Issues in strategy, diversity, and entrepreneurship are covered extensively.


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Grantham University's Curious Look At Alien Walker vs Porto John Costume



Grantham University's "Ever Wonder" Series explores modern cultural curiosities, and asks viewers to compare and decide which of the presented examples are more interesting.

In this interesting episode we see two performers in very unique costume with the goal of shocking the public with their grotesque and highly unusual appearances. Since ancient Greek times people have been dressing up as strange characters, odd goblins, and creatures of various backgrounds and imaginations, in order to shock and entertain the public. This is a timeless tradition.

The ‘Alien Walker' is named after a costume that was created by some very imaginative individuals that truly demonstrates the stride, the movement, and overall demeanor of an alien character we might see in a science-fiction movie. It is shocking and grotesque just like ‘Porto John’, who is sitting on a toilet seat in a “port-o-potty” that someone is holding up off the ground. These personal interpretations and re-enactment are subjective and creative in nature and prod the viewer to question how in origination of such a mental oddity came about in the first place. Viewers loved the skit and started uploading their own renditions by the thousands!

In this episode, ‘Alien Walker vs Porto John’, Grantham University asks the question, 'Which costume is the best?'

Watch, decide and comment below!



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Grantham University's Improved YouTube Channel


Hello Grantham University fans. I was taking a look at GU's YouTube channel over the weekend and noticed that their channel has been greatly improved.

They have redesigned the channel art and added some great new content. One of their new features is a talk show called, "Talk of the Talon". The first episode was hosted by Jon Green and Eric Sorrento and focused on the 5 ways to fail a job interview. For convenience, I have re-posted it below:


Also, Chase Cookson, Grantham University Faculty at its Mark Skousen School of Business, discusses the benefits of a Masters Degree in Business for maximizing your potential.  For convenience, I have re-posted it below:


I hope you will check out Grantham University's YouTube makeover and if you need counseling
related to advancing your educational goals, please visit Grantham online at: Grantham.edu or call
toll free 888-947-2684



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Grantham University Fan Club Mourns Passing of GEC Board Member Gene Jewett

GEC Board Member Gene Jewett



The Grantham University Fan Club is deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Eugene ‘Gene’ A. Jewett on Feb 16, 2013. Gene was seventy two years old.

Since 2001, Gene served as a Board of Directors associate for GEC, the financial sponsor of Grantham University. Gene was a partner of Chesapeake Capital, LP, and was instrumental in arranging the equity funding for GEC. Prior to joining GEC’s Board in 2001, Mr. Jewett was a registered representative with the brokerage firm of Bellamah, Neuhauser and Barrett, Inc.

Gene was a leader and early investor of online education. He was convinced that leveraging technologies across the university business would result in a top quality university education that could be both available and affordable to America's middle class.

Gene was highly respected for his foresight and views on the importance of distance learning, Mr. Jewett was also known for his deep integrity, kindness and never-ending desire to help others through high-quality, accessible and affordable college education.

He received his bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University, where he played college basketball. He later played pro ball before the NBA was formed. In addition to being an excellent athlete, Mr. Jewett was a talented composer, musician and author, who wrote countless book reviews and articles. He was also a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, mentor, great friend and all-around Renaissance man. 'Gene's passing marks a sad time for the University,' said Grantham University President Joseph McGrath. 'We will honor him by continuing in our mission to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs to working adult students around the world.'

Gene, who resided in Old City Alexandria, Virginia, is survived by two sons, Fletcher and Eugene (Lyon), two grandsons, Hunter and Finley, two granddaughters, Chanler and Jacki, and daughter-in-law Annie.
'Gene was very insightful and had a crystal ball for waves of the future. This was exemplified with his support for Grantham as he was a pioneer in predicting online universities would have a significant role in education in this country. This has definitely come to pass and will continue to grow.' - Cliff Stearns, Sr. Former U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th Congressional District for 24 years

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day



In a little over an hour, it will be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a holiday set aside in remembrance of the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. King was a chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in both federal and state laws.  

After Dr. King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979, but fell short of passing by 5 votes. Thereafter, 6 million petition signatures were collected in support of the proposed holiday. Representative Katie Hall of Indiana proposed a new “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday” bill, which President Ronald Reagan signed the into law on November 2, 1983. The first official observance occurred on January 20, 1986. However, the first official observance by all 50 states did not occur until the year 2000.

Dr. King is perhaps best remembered for his “I Have a Dream” speech that he delivered in Washington, D.C. in 1963.

The Grantham University Curated Theater has puplished a moment in history video in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The video can be directly accessed on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkqGGPUqkp0

Or conveniently watched in the below embedded player:



Every year at this time, I like to pause and read it. I seem to get something new out of it every time I do so. I share with you a copy of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The text is curated by the National Archives, and can be sourced here: http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf

"I  HAVE  A  DREAM  ..."
Copyright 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr.
Speech by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
At the "March on Washington"
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 up for 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!"



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