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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his famous speech that debuted in Detroit

There simply aren’t words to express the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on our nation. One of the most moving moments of my life was to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee and see the place where he was assassinated. It was a time of silence and tears.

Martin Luther King Walk To Freedom in Detroit, MISo, instead of opining, here’s his words.

We’ve included a great video by Ankur Dholakia of the Detroit News about his historic speech in 1963 here in Detroit which was a precursor to his famous “I have a dream” address given later in Washington, D.C.

Below, you will find the complete audio of that speech recorded in Cobo Hall.

Read the entire Detroit speech at Cobo Hall here.

Here’s some Martin Luther King Jr. quotes you may or may not have seen:

Gradualism is little more than escapism and do-nothingism, which ends up in stand-stillism.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to transform this pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. Now is the time to lift our nation.

This social revolution taking place can be summarized in three little words. They are not big words. One does not need an extensive vocabulary to understand them. They are the words “all,” “here,” and “now.”

I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.

For nonviolence not only calls upon its adherents to avoid external physical violence, but it calls upon them to avoid internal violence of spirit. It calls on them to engage in that something called love. And I know it is difficult sometimes. When I say “love” at this point, I’m not talking about an affectionate emotion. (All right) It’s nonsense to urge people, oppressed people, to love their oppressors in an affectionate sense. I’m talking about something much deeper. I’m talking about a sort of understanding, creative, redemptive goodwill for all men.

“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you.” And there is still a voice saying to every potential Peter, “Put up your sword.” History is replete with the bleached bones of nations, history is cluttered with the wreckage of communities that failed to follow this command.

God is not interested merely in the freedom of black men and brown men and yellow men. God is interested in the freedom of the whole human race.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

There can be no great social gain without individual pain.

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