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50 years ago this afternoon ... Wed, 08/28/13 7:21 PM (permalink)
Fifty years ago this afternoon my father and I turned on our 21" Motorola Console and listened to MLK, Jr. live from Washington, DC.  It was absolutely stunning.
Fifty years later it is unfortunate that few have heard the entire speech, only having heard a few familiar snippets from its brilliant peroration. 
(It may surprise that the "whole thing" is only 15 minutes or so; like any good Protestant Minister, MLK, Jr. knew how to pack a lot into a 15 - 20 minutes !).


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    Re:50 years ago this afternoon ... Thu, 08/29/13 12:15 AM (permalink)
    :)  it was a speech that actually did change my life's direction. And we have come a long way---but the jobs still not done--we can always be better people than we are now!
    Thanks for posting this!

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      Re:50 years ago this afternoon ... Thu, 08/29/13 8:55 AM (permalink)
      You are welcome. 
      As not 1 in 100 Americans have heard the full speech I play it for my students every January before his holiday.
      His brilliant use of metaphor is breath-taking in its impact.  To me, his "best line" was in regard to 'satisfaction': 
      "We will not be satisfied until Justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream"."

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        Re:50 years ago this afternoon ... Thu, 08/29/13 9:54 AM (permalink)
        The main reason few people have heard the speech in its entirety is because the MLK estate holds the copyright for it.  This piece explains the situation:
          Ort. Carlton.

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          Re:50 years ago this afternoon ... Sun, 09/29/13 9:05 PM (permalink)
             My father, a native Southerner, broke down and cried when Dr. King was shot. I was waist deep in gloom for several days myself. His speeches still ring true, all these years later. He was one of the greatest men we have known in our lifetimes, IMHO.
                Wholeheartedly, Ort. Carlton in Amazing Athens, Ga.
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