Martin Luther King Money Quote from “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 saying the government owes a debt to every American that has been denied constitutional promises. Martin Luther King said:
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
— Martin Luther King, Jr.