Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “Birth of a New Nation” sermon in Montgomery in 1957, a month after Ghana liberated itself from British colonial rule.
“There is something in the soul that cries out for freedom. There is something deep down within the very soul of man that reaches out for Canaan… And this was the struggling that had been going on for years. It was now coming to the point that this little nation was moving toward its independence…All of this was because of the persistent protest, the continual agitation on the part of Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah and the other leaders who worked along with him and the masses of people who were willing to follow… After Nkrumah had made that final speech, it was about twelve-thirty now. And we walked away. And we could hear little children six years old and old people eighty and ninety years old walking the streets of Accra crying, “Freedom! Freedom!” They couldn’t say it in the sense that we’d say it—many of them don’t speak English too well— but they had their accents and it could ring out, “Freedoom!” They were crying it in a sense that they had never heard it before, and I could hear that old Negro spiritual once more crying out:
Free at last! Free at last! Great God Almighty, I’m free at last!”