University of Hawai'i Maui Community College Speech Department

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
-- His Words Continue to Ring

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MLK,Jr.
Chronography

March on Detroit

"I have a Dream" Speech

Beyond Vietnam

A Letter from Jail

MLK,Jr. Links

MLK in Washington D.C. 1963
Although MLK, Jr. spoke these words in the
fifities and sixties, we can still learn from them today.

FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

 

LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL (1963)

For a comprehensive look at the writings and speeches of MLK, Jr.
Go To: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford.

I HAVE A DREAM

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today."

 

I HAVE A DREAM (Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.)

GIVE US THE BALLOT...
"Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding, and thereby create a society in which all men will be able to live together as brothers."

 

GIVE US THE BALLOT - WE WILL TRANSFORM THE SOUTH (May 17, 1957)

I HAVE A DREAM

"There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges."

 

I HAVE A DREAM (Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.)

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

"Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout 'White Power!' - when nobody will shout 'Black Power!' - but everybody will talk about God's power and human power."

 

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE (1967)

FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL

"If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. We will win our freedom because the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of God are embodied in our echoing demands."

 

LETTER FROM A BIRMINGHAM JAIL (1963)

BLACK POWER DEFINED

"We must turn more of our energies and focus our creativity on the useful things that translate into power. We in this generation must do the work and in doing it stimulate our children to learn and acquire higher levels of skill and technique."

 

BLACK POWER DEFINED (1967)

A TESTAMENT OF HOPE


"Whenever I am asked my opinion of the current state of the civil rights movement, I am forced to pause; it is not easy to describe a crisis so profound that it has caused the most powerful nation in the world to stagger in confusion and bewilderment."

  A TESTAMENT OF HOPE (1967)



WE WILL TRANSFORM THE SOUTH

"So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself."

 

GIVE US THE BALLOT - WE WILL TRANSFORM THE SOUTH (1957)

I HAVE A DREAM

"Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
"Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!""

 

I HAVE A DREAM (Delivered on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.)


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