Speech at the Million Man March
Rosa Parks

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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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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Shirley Chisholm: Equal Rights For Women

May 21, 1969 (about 48 years ago)

Shirley Chisholm brings to light the equal rights amendment to give the woman the rights and protection she needs against inequality and discrimination.

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Source: Gifts of Speech

John Quincy Adams: John Quincy Adams Addresses the Supreme Court

December 10, 1997 (over 19 years ago)

John Quincy Adams, played by Anthony Hopkins in the film Amistad, delivers a speech to defend an African named Cinque, from being condemned for insurrection of the high-seas. He defends the man with powerful words that stream from the wisdoms of the previous presidents who declared freedom and eq...

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Robert Kennedy: Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King

April 4, 1968 (over 49 years ago)

As he delivered the news about Martin Luther King's death, Robert Kennedy appealed to the crowd to strive for understanding in lieu of hatred, and unity instead of division.

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Remarks upon Signing the Civil Rights Bill

July 2, 1964 (about 53 years ago)

President Lyndon Johnson speaks to the Nation about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which seeks to bring to reality the creed of a nation - 'that all men are created equal.'

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Lyndon B. Johnson: Remarks at Gettysburg on Civil Rights

May 30, 1963 (about 54 years ago)

President Johnson calls upon the people of the United States to make the Emancipation Proclamation a reality - not only in words but in fact and action; that all men are created equal and will be treated as such.

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Bill Clinton: Address on Affirmative Action

July 19, 1995 (about 22 years ago)

Affirmative Action is given credit by President Clinton for having helped the American Nation by decreasing inequality among men and women, white and colored, young and old.

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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

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