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By Clayborne Carson

This better half quantity to "A Knock in the dead of night: concept from the nice Sermons of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr". comprises the textual content of his such a lot famous oration, "I Have a Dream", his recognition speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, and "Beyond Vietnam", a robust plea to finish the continuing clash. contains contributions from Rosa Parks, Aretha Franklin, the Dalai Lama, and so forth.

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And as a colony she suffered all of the injustices, all of the exploitation, all of the humiliation that comes as a result of colonialism. But like all slavery, like all domination, like all exploitation, it came to the point that the people got tired of it. And that seems to be the long story of history. There seems to be a throbbing desire, there seems to be an internal desire for freedom within the soul of every man. And it’s there: it might not break forth in the beginning, but eventually it breaks out.

And this country, the Gold Coast, was a part of this extensive continent known as Africa. It’s a little country there in West Africa about ninety-one thousand miles in area, with a population of about five million people, a little more than four and a half million. And it stands there with its capital city, Accra. For years the Gold Coast was exploited and dominated and trampled over. The first European settlers came in there about 1444, the Portuguese, and they started legitimate trade with the people in the Gold Coast.

And I knew about all of the struggles, and all of the pain, and all of the agony that these people had gone through for this moment. After Nkrumah had made that final speech, it was about twelve-thirty now. And we walked away. And we could hear little children six years old and old people eighty and ninety years old walking the streets of Accra crying: “Freedom! ” They were crying it in a sense that they had never heard it before. ” They were experiencing that in their very souls. And everywhere we turned, we could hear it ringing out from the housetops.

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