MLK's Address to the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity

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This address by Dr. King was delivered to the Episcopal Society for Cultural and Racial Unity the day before it was announced that he had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In addressing the topic "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution," Dr. King argues that the church must inspire it's members to be active and advocate against injustice, reaffirm the misconduct of racial segregation, and work towards social change in a nonviolent and peaceful manner. His argument uses references ranging from Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle" to humanist Erich Fromm's "Art of Loving." Dr. King affirms that these actions will be a struggle, but together, "we shall overcome."

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