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How Long, Not Long by Martin Luther King, Jr.

How Long, Not Long

Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March

by Martin Luther King, Jr.


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"How Long, Not Long" is the popular name given to the public speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, after the successful completion of the Selma to Montgomery March on March 25, 1965. The speech is also sometimes referred to as "Our God Is Marching On!"

“But today as I stand before you and think back over that great march, I can say, as Sister Pollard said — a seventy-year-old Negro woman who lived in this community during the bus boycott — and one day, she was asked while walking if she didn’t want to ride. And when she answered, "No," the person said, "Well, aren’t you tired?" And with her ungrammatical profundity, she said, "My feets is tired, but my soul is rested." And in a real sense this afternoon, we can say that our feet are tired, but our souls are rested.”

Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March delivered on March 25, 1965.

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