Nation: VISIONS OF THE PROMISED LAND

FEW American orators, black or white, could match I the sonorous, soul-stirring resonances of Martin Luther King Jr. From his early sermons to his letter from a Birmingham jail, from the epic address at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington to his acceptance speech at the Nobel ceremonies, King's rhetoric rang richly with both the ageless cadences of Negro spirituals and the moral immediacy of the civil rights struggle. His voice was for his time and beyond.

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·ON NONVIOLENCE (from Birmingham jail, 1963): 1 your statement, you asserted that our actions, even though peaceful, must be condemned because...

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