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(1963) Martin Luther King Cobo Hall Speech

On June 23, 1963, two months before the March on Washington, King stood before a throng of 25,000 people at Cobo Hall in Detroit to expound upon making “the American Dream a reality”. King repeatedly exclaimed, “I have a dream this afternoon”. He articulated the … Read More(1963) Martin Luther King Cobo Hall Speech

(1890) Disenfranchisement Clause, The Mississippi Constitution of 1890

ARTICLE 12 – FRANCHISE Sec. 240. All elections by the people shall be by ballot. Sec. 241. Every male inhabitant of this State, except idiots, insane persons and Indians not taxed, who is a citizen of the United States, twenty-one years old and upwards, who … Read More(1890) Disenfranchisement Clause, The Mississippi Constitution of 1890

(2009) Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, “A Just and Lasting Peace”

In December 2009, less than one year into his first term in office, President Barack Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize, joining a only two other U.S. Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson who received the prize while in officer.  Former President Jimmy Carter … Read More(2009) Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech, “A Just and Lasting Peace”