The Dream With A Radical Edge

The first African-American and the 44th President gave his acceptance speech 45 years to the day Martin Luther King Jr told the world of his dream. King's I Have a Dream speech is regarded, along with Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Franklin D. Roosevelt's Infamy Speech, as one of the finest speeches in the history of American oratory--an integrated and unified America.

The Dream With A Radical Edge

King said: The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation... We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

He advocated using non-violence to end racial prejudice and oppression of African Americans.

From the 1967 speech: I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.

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