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We forget that the majestically peaceful assemblage that moved a nation came in the wake of brutal resistance to civil rights and equality. And that there would be more to come.

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At the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech" almost 50 years ago, black leaders called for "decent housing, adequate and integrated education, a federal jobs program for full employment, and a national minimum wage of more than $13 an hour in today’s dollars." Greg Kaufmann at The Nation tells us how far we've failed to come.

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"Democracy Now!" featured a lengthy tribute to the civil rights icon in a 2012 broadcast, including footage of several inspiring moments such as his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year before his death, and his last speech, from April 3, 1968.Footage includes several inspiring moments such as his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year before his death, and his last speech, from April 3, 1968.

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“ If one is truly nonviolent, that person has a loving spirit; he refuses to inflict injury upon the opponent because he, he loves the opponent,” the Rev Martin Luther King Jr says in a newly discovered tape of an interview made nearly three years before his "I Have a Dream" speech .

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To commemorate MLK Day, Monday's edition of "Democracy Now!" featured a lengthy tribute to the civil rights icon, including footage of several inspiring moments such as his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, delivered at New York City’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year before his death, and his last speech, from April 3, 1968.

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In these sour, pessimistic times, it is important to remember the great lesson of King's remarkable life: Impossible dreams can come true.

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No puffed-up huckster like Glenn Beck could ever diminish the importance of the 1963 March on Washington or the impact of King's unforgettable words.

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Glenn Beck is holding a rally at the Lincoln Memorial on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's dream speech. Our friends at Brave New Films send this video lowlight reel to remind us why Beck shouldn't dare stand anywhere near King's legacy.

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