Newly Discovered 1964 MLK Speech on Civil Rights, Segregation and Apartheid South Africa (must-read/listen)

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Updated: Jan. 18, 2016; added the full video speech

I highly recommend listening to the entire speech on the audio player below or reading the entire transcript. ~ DS

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Democracy Now! on Jan 19, 2015

On Dec. 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives. Today is the federal holiday that honors King.

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I Have a Dream, a Blurred Vision by Michael Parenti

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by Michael Parenti
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Michael Parenti Blog
www.michaelparenti.org
August 29, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—in which Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech—has recently won renewed attention from various print and electronic media in the United States.  Continue reading

Save Dr. King’s Dream Act – Supreme Court to Hear Case to End Voting Rights Act by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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www.gregpalast.com
For Care2.com
February 27, 2013

Protect the Voting Rights Act rally at the SCOTUS

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Jim Crow is alive and well — and he has mounted a new attack on the law Martin Luther King dreamed of: the Voting Rights Act.

Today, February 27, the Supreme Court will hear a suit brought by Shelby County, Alabama, which challenges the right of the Department of Justice to review changes in voting procedure. Example: Attempts to cut the number of early voting days, to expunge “illegal alien” voters without any evidence, refusing Spanish-language ballots, have been blocked by the Department of Justice and courts because they have stopped Black and Hispanic citizens casting ballots.

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Occupy Sandy–Recovery From The Bottom Up by Peter Rugh

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by Peter Rugh
SocialistWorker.org
February 5, 2013

Occupy Wall Street's Hurricane Sandy relief drop off center at St. Jacobi's church in Sunset Park Brooklyn

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IT WAS Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and the sound of pounding drums mingled with subway steel rattling underground, sending a hot pulse through the high-arched edifice of a humble house of worship in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. As Nina Simone sang in her blue soliloquy to the slain civil rights leader, “The king of love is dead.” But here, in St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, one could feel King’s heart beat on.

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Inauguration Day: Two Nobel Laureates, Drones Apart by Felicity Arbuthnot

by Felicity Arbuthnot
Featured Writer
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London, England
January 22, 2013

President Obama delivers his address at the 57th Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013

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One day …
Children at school will ask:
What is war?
You will answer them.
You will tell them:
Those words are not used any more.
Like stagecoaches, galleys or slavery.
Words no longer meaningful …
— Martin Luther King (15 January 1929-4 April 1968)

Oh the cynicism. The man whose words have rung down over four decades, encapsulating a non-violent demand for peace, equality and fairness: “I have a dream”, has again been resurrected as President Obama’s philosophical icon.

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Tavis Smiley: Vision for a New America: A Future without Poverty + Cornel West: You Don’t Play With Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.: I Have a Dream Speech (1963)

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CESSqc on Dec 16, 2010

I HAVE A DREAM – Description written and dedicated by RK Hendrick

There are brilliant moments in human history and magical moments in our lives, when our perception of the world is crystal clear and “time” itself seems to stand still! When these events occur, we remember exactly where we were and what was transpiring around us!

On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. created an electrifying and spectacular moment in human history when he delivered his internationally famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Considered to be the best speech of the 20th century, it echoed throughout the entire world and continues to reverberate through time and the soul of humanity today!

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Rev. Martin Luther King Jr: I Have Been to the Mountain Top + MLK, in His Own Words (repost)

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Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King. He was born January 15th, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just thirty-nine years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of US foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I Have Been to the Mountain Top,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated.

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What Would Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Do About Iran? by Ed Ciaccio

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by Ed Ciaccio
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Featured Writer
January 12, 2012

Would he impose sanctions to make the Iranian people, not their leaders, suffer?

Would he impose sanctions which are tantamount to a declaration of war?

Would he authorize the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists and the bombing of Iranian nuclear facilities?

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A Movement Too Big to Fail by Chris Hedges + This one could take them all down

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by Chris Hedges
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The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Recalls Obama’s Fall From Grace by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
Featured Writer
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Truthdig
Sept. 19, 2011

Corcovado jesus

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Barack Obama’s politically expedient decision to betray and abandon his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, exposed his cowardice and moral bankruptcy. In that moment, playing the part of Judas, he surrendered the last shreds of his integrity. He became nothing more than a pawn of power, or as Cornel West says, “a black mascot for Wall Street.” Obama, once the glitter of power fades, will have to grapple with the fact that he was a traitor not only to his pastor, the man who married him and Michelle, who baptized his children and who kept him spiritually and morally grounded, but to himself. Wright retains what is most precious in life and what Obama has squandered—his soul.

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Martin Luther King Jr. as Pastor (2006)

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Why Black MisLeadership Won’t Sign the Anti-War Petition by Glen Ford

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
Black Agenda Radio Commentaries
26 January 2011

“We vow not to support President Barack Obama for renomination for another term in office, and to actively seek to impede his war policies unless and until he reverses them,” says a petition signed by hundreds of social activists. But the baton of progressive political and moral leadership may be passing from Black America, dominated by a venal misleadership class that refuses to actively oppose President Obama’s wars.

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Converts To Truth… And Love by Philip A. Farruggio

by Philip A. Farruggio
Featured Writer
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January 23, 2011

This year, 2011, we all can sense that a storm is brewing, environmentally, economically and politically. We have an empire called Pax Americana (an oxymoron is there ever was one) that is candidly quite near its end. Oh, the few thousand people who control America’s business, military and politics are still holding out for greater expansion of this dying killer weed in the garden Earth. After over a century of strangling most of the world, Pax Americana is quickly running out of steam, with bankrupt cities whose citizenry is lost in the hypnotic trance of consumerism, false patriotism and discriminations of all sorts. Propaganda and jingoism are doing their best to keep the Pandora’s Box of truth from popping open. Yet, we have seen many converts to this truth that felt a sincere love of humanity which needed expression. Here are a few examples:

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