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7/9/15

I Have Been to the Mountaintop - Martin Luther King Full Speech

Full text and video (audio with a photo) of I Have Been to the Mountaintop - Martin Luther King Full Speech. Among the greatest speeches ever, this gem by Martin Luther King, Jr. stands, for the most part, the test of time. It is worth pointing out he was murdered the next day. As we listen and consider Dr. King's magnificent speech, note his use of repetition, progression, and allusion. He draws in biblical allusion, of course, as he is coming at this from as much or more his views as a Christian as he as a social rights leader. But he pulls in from early Greeks, Romans and beyond. The speech is at once simple and complex, a rare, if not nearly impossible balance. And he does this while retaining the music of his speech. It reads well, to be sure, but he takes it further. It delivers marvelously.
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