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We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equalthat they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rightsthat among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of HappinessThis was written July 4 1776 but yet slavery was not abolished until1865 If an American because his skin is dark cannot eat lunch in arestaurant open to the public if he can not send his children to the bestpublic school available if he cannot vote for the public officials whorepresent him if in short he cannot enjoy the full and free life whichall of us want then who among us would be content to have the colorof his skin changed and stand in his place Who among us would becontent with the counsels of patience and delay One hundred yearshave passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves yet their heirstheir grandsons are not fully free They are not yet freed from thebonds of injustice They are not yet freed from social and economicoppression And this nation for all its hopes and all its boasts will notbe fully free until all its citizens are free John F Kennedy said thisJune 11 1963 with the signing of the civil rights actsDuring the Civil Rights Movement there were many leadersDr Martin Luther King was one of this leader Dr King had thebiggest impact on the movement After organizing the famous 1955bus boycott in Montgomery Alabama he became the leader of themovement In the face of often violent opposition King challenged hissupporters to maintain a policy of peaceful resistance to injustice In1957 King helped found the Southern Christian LeadershipConference SCLC an organization of black churches and ministersthat aimed to challenge racial segregation King and other blackleaders organized the 1963 March on Washington a massiveprotest in Washington DC for jobs and civil rights On August28 1963 King delivered a stirring address to an audience of morethan 200000 Civil Rights supporters His I Have a Dreamspeech expressed the
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