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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Speeches Still Resonate Today (VIDEO)

First Posted: 01/15/12 06:30 PM ET Updated: 01/15/12 06:35 PM ET

Though he was assassinated more than four decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speeches are as prescient and important as ever.

With class inequality running rampant, global protests against the powerful, a war on terror that is more than a decade old and American social mobility slowing to a crawl, King's words take on contemporary meaning.

Below are some of King's most famous speeches in which he foresees great social progress, rails against the evils of war and warns that American freedoms guaranteed on paper are not granted to all.

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  • How Long? Not Long!

    Martin Luther King in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965.

  • "We Shall Overcome" - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Speech. Created as part of a lesson plan for US History - Civil Rights - MLK Jr. Day

  • Martin Luther King, "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam"

    Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. against the "triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism." Audio. This speech was released by Black Forum records, a subsidiary of Motown, and went on to win a Grammy in 1970 for the Best Spoken Word Recording. Excerpts of a Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967. Text of entire speech: Real Audio file of entire speech:

  • Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963

    I Have a Dream Speech Martin Luther King's Address at March on Washington August 28, 1963. Washington, DC 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!"

  • MLK's Last Speech

    Conclusion of Famous Mountaintop Speech

  • Video's "Biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." info

    This feed contains the video's "Biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." info API


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