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Pericles’ Funeral Oration

Pericles’ Funeral Oration

What follows is the public funeral oration that Pericles gave to the Athenians in the first year of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.), as related by Thucydides, in his account of that systemic war. Pericles was a statesman and a general, and Athens was at the beginning of a war, which would end its democracy and its standing as supreme power in the Peloponnese. It is a speech that sought to praise the greatness of Athens, its citizens, and its…

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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence’ Speech

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence’ Speech

Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen: I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here tonight, and how very delighted I am to see you expressing your concern about the issues that will be discussed tonight by turning out in such large numbers. I also want to say that I consider it a great honor to share this program with Dr. Bennett, Dr. Commager, and Rabbi Heschel, and some of the distinguished leaders and personalities of…

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Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

“I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the…

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Rise and Shine!

Rise and Shine!

I know I am not alone in having spent the past three days in a rapid-fire trip back and forth through states of disbelief, anger, despair, fear, and a whole bunch of other things that I am not sure I have a name for. There is no doubt that this is a swift kick in the gut for many of us. The veil has been ripped off of whatever illusions we collectively held about how far we had come as…

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