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African-American civil rights

The speech can be divided into two main parts. The first part focuses on the circumstances of African Americans in 1963. The second part focuses on the speaker’s vision for equality and the future of African Americans in the US.

The speech is ultimately about the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1968) – a series of social and civil initiatives whose aims were to end segregation and discrimination against African Americans. As a result, the speech holds many references to the efforts African Americans made to fight for equal rights, or to how the Civil Rights Movement should unfold: “And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day o...

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