The Promissory Note Quote – MLK, Jr.

On Saturday, August 28, 1963, during the great, Washington, DC Civil Rights March and Rally in which the late Rev.-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., proclaimed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, his now iconic, Civil Rights Movement, “I Have A Dream”, he coined the phase, “Promissory Note”.

Essentially, “Promissory Note” is the code phrase for the 14th Amendment-1866 Civil Rights (The Act), which as the National Birth and Identity Rights certificate, solely and exclusively to the only Americans whom served 245 years (1620-1865) as living, the human property of this erroneously and immorally offensively purported “nation of immigrants” freed from the chattel slavery institution; and Freemen (non slave Negroes-black).

Thereby, this Promissory Note is also the license, and currency by which black citizens are authorized to conduct super business, including reparations negotiations with the government of the United States Union republic.

Demonstrating it’s significance, Promissory Note is discussed in the very beginning Dr. King’s speech setting the framework for its closing remarks of, “Free at last. Free at last. Thank GOD Almighty, we are free at last.”  Hence, until the full and complete “cashing” of the Promissory Note, freedom total freedome for black citizens, and subsequently, the nation remains dangerously allusive.

“So we have come here today to dramatize an appalling 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 would be guaranteed the inalienable 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 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.”

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