Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., Who Touched Crowds With His Words On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we hear portions of some of his most famous speeches — including his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., Who Touched Crowds With His Words

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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., Who Touched Crowds With His Words

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., Who Touched Crowds With His Words

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr., Who Touched Crowds With His Words

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On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we hear portions of some of his most famous speeches — including his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Martin Luther King Jr. would have been 90 years old this year. And on today's holiday, the nation takes time to commemorate his legacy.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And, of course, a big part of that legacy stems from how King was able to touch so many people with his oratory.

MARTIN: And on this day, we take the opportunity to remember some of his words. This, from the "I Have A Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR: Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time.

(APPLAUSE)

GREENE: And King's call for justice extended beyond America's shores. In a 1967 speech in New York City, he spoke out against the war in Vietnam.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

KING JR: We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls enemy.

MARTIN: We've come to honor Martin Luther King Jr. by coming together for acts of service on this day. It's the kind of unity that King called for.

GREENE: And what gave him hope, even when progress toward the America he envisioned seemed slow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

KING JR: And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.

(SOUNDBITE OF CRAIG ARMSTRONG'S "IF YOU SHOULD FALL")

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