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Martin Luther King Day

I remember learning about Martin Luther King Jr. when I was a kid. But MLK did not become more than the name of a three-day weekend until I read his Letter from a Birmingham Jail. As I read the letter, I could feel the urgency of his cause and the pain of the injustice. In celebration of his life, go ahead and read the open letter that Dr. King wrote from city jail in order to defend peaceful demonstrations and insist that "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

And while you're at it, watch the full version of his "I Have a Dream" (above). We all know at least one famous line from the remarkable speech, but there is something extremely powerful about watching Dr. King deliver his dream of racial harmony.

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Advah Advah 9 years
Thanks for the link to the Letter, LibertyS, I didn't know about it. I have the same reaction, grrlyrebel. Every time I read or hear this speech, it reminds me of what a great orator he was. Sooo many politicians should learn a lot from it!
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 9 years
His speeches give me goosebumps every. single. time. Such a wonderful American.
janneth janneth 9 years
MLK really was a fantastic speaker.
JennaV JennaV 9 years
If anyone is ever in Atlanta, you should absolutely make it a point to visit The King Center. Every American should visit at least once in his or her lifetime.
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