The “We Shall Overcome” Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Because all men are brothers…” — Tom Glazer

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Photo of placard at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.
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Page from Dr. King’s “We Shall Overcome” speech.*

Read the full transcript of this speech:

www.smu.edu/News/2014/mlk-at-smu-transcript-17march1966

Key civil rights legislation of the 1960s

The Civil Rights Act of 1960 (Pub.L. 86–449, 74 Stat. 89, enacted May 6, 1960) is a United States federal law that established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone’s attempt to register to vote. Signed into law by President Eisenhower.

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