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In Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Newly discovered audio recording of Martin Luther King Jr speech released by NYS Education Department

As you listen you can follow along with his original typed speech.

Below is a different link to the transcript of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

http://www.archives.gov/press/exhibits/dream-speech.pdf

I read this to my boys today and we listened to the above speech on Youtube. Their interest in the history of racial inequality spiked after watching the movie, 42, over the weekend.

Our children have grown up knowing we all come from the same blood, are all created equal by our Creator and that ALL life has value. Answers in Genesis has a well researched and intelligently written book, One Blood, by Ken Ham on the subject of what “race” means and where it comes from.

Our children have been taught racism exists but they have never seen with their own eyes what it looks like.  I have read multiple books to them about great African Americans who were heroes in the faith, heroes in freeing the slaves, heroes in the equal rights movement and honored inventors who made significant contributions to society but A.J. and Colson did not understand racism until they watched the movie, 42. (Currently available at Redbox.)

I highly recommend the movie. Farm Boy and I previewed the movie before watching it with our 9 and 10 year old sons.  There was some language to silence and a scene with an extramarital relationship.

42

In 1946, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking-ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics and paving the way for others to follow.

Rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic elements including language.

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