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Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. King delivered the speech below on April 4, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York City, exactly one year before his assassination.

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“I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”

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