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Martin Luther King Jr A Time to Break Silence Martin Luther King Jr is one of the most influential people of this century People remember King for his humanity leadership and his love of his fellow man regardless of their skin color Through reading Kings writings and speeches that changed the world one can learn that his values of integrity love truth fairness caring non-violence and peace were what motivated him to greatness One of his less known speeches is A Time to Break the Silence this speech was different than most of Kings speeches the theme of this speech is not civil rights movement but Vietnam King addresses the war in Vietnam and he gives reasons why it should not continue He asserts that Vietnam War has hindered the Civil Rights movement to achieve its goals He expounds that the military drafted young black man to protect the rights of people of Vietnam and yet these black youngsters did not have freedom for themselves He says We were taking black young men who had been crippled by our society and sending them 8000 miles away to guarantee liberties in Southeast Asia which they had not found in Southwest Georgia and East Harlem So we have been repeatedly faced with the cruel irony of watching Negro and white to boys on TV screens as the kill and die tighter for a nation that has been unable to seat them tighter in the same schools I could not be silent in the face of such cruel manipulation of the poor King presented to the people a fact that no one could disprove Blacks were fighting side by side with whites to honor their country and yet blacks had very less liberties and freedoms than whites Black people could not express themselves have a better life or have opportunities same as white men King had hit the nail on the head no one could answer the question
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