American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968) at a press conference in London, September 1964.(Photo by Reg Lancaster/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

For decades, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches have been analyzed, critiqued, and studied but what has been detrimental to those uplifting orations are that only parts of his words are being used to create a simple-minded perspective of the entirety of his vision. The phrases “peaceful protest” and “nonviolence” are indeed a common thread throughout his teachings and practices but not the only ones Dr. King had. After his death in 1968, the retelling of his vision has been lost in translation and has been reduced to only his most popular speech “I Have A Dream.”

Here we will unearth the quotes that can not be “whitewashed” or “toned down.”


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