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 of hope to millions of 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 colored America is still not free. One hundred years later, the life of the colored American is still sadly crippled by the manacle of segregation and the chains of discrimination.

One hundred years later, the colored American lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the colored American 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.

Trong bài diễn văn I have a dream của Martin Luther King, mục sư King đã dùng cụm từ Five score years để tránh lặp từ. Five score years còn có nghĩa là One hundred years. Five Score có nghĩa là một trăm năm.
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Nguyên bản I have a dream: http://www.teachersfirst.com/ushistory/mlkdream.html
Video diễn văn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbUtL_0vAJk