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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

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

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496811844.003.0010

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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