Address at Kentucky’s Centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

March 18, 1963


Louisville, KY

The dilemma of poverty faced by the society and the polity is the gap between expectations and reality. Great expectations were the creation, not of idle political promises, but of the country itself and its history. We can no more change those high expectations and we can change our history. Therefore, our only recourse is to change the opportunities for realizing the expectations. There must be solutions for the dilemma of expectations rising against a static reality.