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Greatest Speeches of the Civil Rights Movement

Speeches addressing civil rights issues are among the most famous and inspiring in American history.

From Martin Luther King Jr.’s immortal “I have a dream” speech to President Barack Obama’s historic inaugural address as the nation’s first African-American president, speeches with a civil rights theme rightfully take their place alongside the soaring oratory of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address.

The content of civil rights speeches can be aspirational, instructive, or even incendiary, and they provide a window into the thoughts and hopes of millions of those yearning f…
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