Rosa Parks Receiving the 1993 Essence Award
Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks goes onstage to accept the Essence Award after being introduced by Eddie Murphy and hailed as a hero by Robert Kennedy, Jr. In her speech, she briefly reflects on the many hardships of the old days and the long strides that America has taken towards freedom and equality since.

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Rosa Parks: Rosa Parks Receiving the 1993 Essence Award

May 29, 1993 (about 24 years ago)

Rosa Parks goes onstage to accept the Essence Award after being introduced by Eddie Murphy and hailed as a hero by Robert Kennedy, Jr. In her speech, she briefly reflects on the many hardships of the old days and the long strides that America has taken towards freedom and equality since.

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Rosa Parks: Speech at the Million Man March

October 16, 1995 (almost 22 years ago)

Rosa Parks changed the face of America by refusing to give up her seat in a bus one evening in 1955. Two scores later, she restates her commitment to the civil rights cause in a speech before social activists assembled in Washington, D.C.

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Jesse Jackson: 1988 Democratic National Convention Address

July 19, 1988 (about 29 years ago)

Jesse Jackson presents his definition of the common good, uncovers the lines that delineate the nation's common ground, demands an end to the Reagan administration's "multibillion dollar party" for the rich and powerful and proclaims "economic violence" against the poor to be the fundamental chal...

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Jesse Jackson: 1984 Democratic National Convention Address

July 18, 1984 (about 33 years ago)

Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson calls out to the "tired, the poor, the huddling masses" and pledges change and justice under his leadership.

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Susan B. Anthony: On Women's Right to Vote

March 24, 2011 (over 6 years ago)

Susan B. Anthony was a champion of Women's rights and advocacy for women's right to vote. She petitioned the government for years, ultimately passing away before the amendment granting the right to vote to women was passed. She gave the following speech in 1873 after being levied with a fee of ...

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Rodney King: Rodney King Speaks

May 1, 1992 (about 25 years ago)

Rodney King speaks to the public for the first time after the acquittal of police involved in his traffic stop beating through Los Angeles into multi-day riots. He appeals to citizens to stop the violence and work out their differences peacefully.

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Source: CNN

Martin Luther King Jr.: Eulogy for the Martyred Children (Eulogy for the Young Victims)

September 18, 1963 (almost 54 years ago)

Martin Luther King delivers a eulogy in memory of the four girls who died from the bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.

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Source: The King Center

Martin Luther King Jr.: Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam

April 30, 1967 (about 50 years ago)

Martin Luther King expresses deep concern for the American people and the government with its use of aggression and violence in resolving conflicts. His love for the America, its people and the people that God entrusted us to love, made King speak of his disappointment in the US government upon w...

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Martin Luther King Jr.: A Realistic Look at the Question of Progress in the Area of Race Relations

April 10, 1957 (over 60 years ago)

Martin Luther King's speech on the progress of the Negro community to achieve equality in race relations ignites more fire in the hearts of the Negro during a freedom rally. During this time, they have come along way in achieving their goal yet King reminds them that they still have a long way to...

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Source: The King Center

Martin Luther King Jr.: I See the Promised Land (I've Been to the Mountaintop)

April 3, 1968 (over 49 years ago)

Martin Luther King's last speech popularly known as "I See the Promised Land" or "I've Been to the Mountaintop" is an inspirational public speech that focuses on peaceful revolution and the inevitability of Negro freedom even without his presence.

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Source: The King Center

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