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Dream and LegacyDr. Martin Luther King in the Post-Civil Rights Era$
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Michael L. Clemons, Donathan L. Brown, and William H. L. Dorsey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811844

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811844.001.0001

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On Redefining Civil Rights

On Redefining Civil Rights

(p.193) On Redefining Civil Rights
Dream and Legacy

Amardo Rodriguez

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter claims that Martin Luther King’s “Time to Break the Silence” speech, delivered in 1967 at Riverside Church in New York, presents a vision of civil rights that exceeds, both morally and politically, commonly-held definitions of civil rights and also disrupts commonly-held conceptions of King’s ethics and politics. The obscurity of this speech, especially in relation to King’s “I Have a Dream” speech that is widely embraced and celebrated, is because it reveals a King who openly opposes our worldview and wants to end the status quo. This King is advancing a much bolder and revolutionary notion of justice. In this regard, viewing King’s vision of civil rights from the perspective of “I Have a Dream” speech diminishes our understanding of King and impoverishes the struggle for justice and civil rights.

Keywords:   Justice, Civil rights, Critical race theory, Inclusion, Peace studies

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