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martes, 15 de enero de 2013

Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. www.history.com

Noah Adams traces the history of the civil rights song, We Shall Overcome. It began as a folk work song, became a hymn, and then was used politically for the first time on the picket lines of the tobacco workers' strike in South Carolina in 1945. In the early 1960s, it became an inspirational force in the civil rights struggle.

Here you are the full speech The March of Washington August 23 1968

Other links to learn  more about MLK

1. The Seattle Times
2. Western Michigan University
3. The King's Center

The following web contains Martin Luther King's full speech translated in Spanish

Teaching English by Fran | Black History Month
Teaching English by Fran | Gandhi/International Day of Non-Violence

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