The language was soaring, the racial elements muted, the mood upbeat even though the road ahead remained unclear.
But the end of the speech was all about the political power of belief -- belief that the cynics would not triumph, that dreams can come true, that the human spirit is indomitable. Through war, he said, they believed. Through depression and segregation, they believed. And today, with a new day in sight, we must believe, too.
"We believe," he said, "like Stokely Carmichael, that we are the leaders we have been waiting for. We believe, like Gandhi, that we can be the change we wish to see in the world."