Martin Luther King Jr.

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Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Martin Luther King Jr.

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"I Have a Dream ..."

"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character".

On 28 August in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke these immortal words to a crowd of over 200,000 people who had gathered for the now historic march on Washington to demand an end to racial segregation in the USA, and for equality in jobs and civil rights.

The following year, in 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In his acceptance speech he said:

"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality".

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I Refuse to Accept ...

Number of messages: 540
"that speech was awesome"
/brayan perez

"I respect MLK he was a good man for what he did. I dislike how people were treated as well. Nobody should be judged by color of skin. EVER."
/Jessie Underwood

"I love your speeches Martin."

"i love how you inspired people with your 'I have a dream speech'."

"I loved that one thanks martin"

"Thank you four that in fore mashon"

"i have a dream that those who wants peace to have peace and those who want ;love to have love, the world will get better than it is."
/neriman ates

"and we still have racism we are all equal nobody can judge you only you can judge you it doesn't matter if your black white or both"
/madisyn bradford

"I have the conviction that history can never be forgotten. So what ever we do today shall reflect in the pages of papers tomorrow."
/Comrade John Odu

"he was shot"

"this world is cruel"

"I Refuse to Accept that we live in a world society is becoming so messed up today people are just killing for the fun of it now...."

"rest in peace my friend. And king."
/trey collier

"I refuse to accept the fact that one word may it be a rumer or not defines me as a person. I want to be my self and not have a definition floating above me all of the time. I want to be able to write me own future."

"I refuse to accept the fact that just because I am a child in some peoples eyes does not mean that I think like one. I am under 18 but I think we (all who is under 18) should have a say in who we want as president"
//am i right/

"all grasses are subjected in the same law of land"
/habil tabley

"I refuse to accept when one wants what he or she defines to define me. I mean I refuse to accept what the Nigeria president and his cabinet define as change to be the change I require. The nation going through recession - men, women and children been massacred anyhow like there is no security agency - crime wave is increasing everyday like there is no cops - man macheting another man and walkaway freely like there is no justice - and all we hear is we are in an era of change-change-change! This is not the change I want, this is not the change I want to see so I refuse - I refuse to accept this ongoing trend they define as change."

"Whit out knwing about Mr. Martin Luther King Jr speech till now the same words came to my mind and i feel the same as him, he was rigth."

"I don't want to live in a world where gun violence makes the headlines every single day."
/Andrew Mirza

"I thank Dr. King for deem it necessary to know the value of your race no matter how other races may apprehensibly downside your color."
/Michael Miah

"we are all born from a mother we are all humans that doesn't mean we will be and look the same to me we are all people with potential in life"


"thank you love you"
/erianna white

"I refuse to accept the discrimination between the people regarding their sex, area of origin color of their bodies."
/Saleh Awdaly

"I think this speech was not to just tell the people that he wanted his rights but for all races to have rights."
/-Tyler Quam

"a racism life"
/jasmin price

"I refuse to accept the fact that still today people are being judged by the colour of their skin and not by the true person they are."

"It is wrong to be racist and everyone should stop it"


"I refuse to accept discrimination against multiple races"

"I refuse to accept anything with rasism"

"i refuse to accept the idea of capitalism which is embedded in the philosophy of exploiting the poor for their own teleological motives"
/Joshua Lodo

"I refuse to accept any person or persons who do not accept each other as exactly what we are. Different and unique human beings."
/Jerry R Lesikar

"One day education system of nigeria will change from only blackboard and chalk to the uses of computer."
/Aregbor Elvis

"nice I like mlk speech I refuse to accept that in our world that there are very few people who stands up for their rights against those who dont defend others right So be who u r"

"Last week at the Academy Oscar Awards Iñarritú had "a similar dream" where our hair´s lenght matters as much as our skin color."
/Eleazar Cruz Bedolla

"I refuse to accept a world were children are hurt every day and no one stands up for them because it is not our problem"

"That I am bound to a life of mental illness"


"I refuse to accept how the world is heading to"

"i refuse to accept how the world is becoming"

"A world without meaning"

"I refuse to accept how people treat each other"
/kayla alicea

"I love Martin luther king jr."

"He is true don't judge anyone by there colour just see wats inside of them if they have a cold heart or not simple as that"
/My name is Arieta uluilakeba

"I refuse to accept that they were judged by their color of skin but not by their content of character. PIECE MY BROTHERS!!!!!<3"
/Triana Hernandez


"that they were judged by their colour of their skin"

"i refuse to accept that there are no solutions to these problem<3"
/a believer in possibility

"i hate that people are racist."

"I will always s have a dream"

"I refuse to accept that not everyone is free like me"

"I don't like people how treat martin bad"

"I dont like when people get bully"

"I refuse to accept poverty."

"I'm still dreaming since I heard his speech! World wars still happening! God Help us!"

"I refuse to accept that blind sheep can believe in a God that only accepts a specific type of people and tortures the rest for eternity."
/ChildofGod LMAO

"I refuse to accept the bad people in this world who do horrible things to insistent people for no reason."
/Hannah seabolt

"I refuse to accept that the people in my state have no homes."

"i refuse to accept bullying others"

"I refuse to accept that people believe there is no God. I will continue my strong beliefs in Jesus Christ, no matter what others say."

"i believe that we should be free! who wants to be bossed around all day, NOBODY!!! i do refuse to let hobo's and the home less suffer!"

"i refuse to accept Martin Luther King dream is still only a dream we are not judged by the content of our charter but by our skin"
/Blanche Hawkins

"His dream hasn't really been fulfilled there is still people who treat African Americans like they don't have equal rights"

"i don't think that it is fair to be treated the way a lot of people were treated"

"I have a dream but I don't know how to be with that cause sometimes dreams may not be true cause your only dreaming."
/jonel zamboang

"i refuse to accept that we all cant all live together as one; as a nation; as a family"

"I refuse to accept giving up mlk basically said we don't give up"
/Mackenzie now land

"I refuse that people should be treated different !! Thank you MLK for making a change in our world your a blessing."

"I refuse to accept losing."

""We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline." Too many refuse to accept that characteristic."

"That I'm black and someone was fascist to me"

"I refuse to except that marriage equality has not yet been achieved around the world"

""I refuse to accept that we all cant live as one""

"I refuse to accept how society treats other people."

"I refuse to accept how people are so judgmental about someone's skin color and past. I think people need help."

"I Refuse to Accept that my best friend doesn't like my boyfriend because he's black :l"

"That everyone has a label in society and society judges us based on our looks not the person in the inside"

"I Refuse to Accept these kkk people tryna kill us blacks."
/Zack :D

"I refuse to accept that ordinary people can only do ordinary things."

"I refuse to accept that people get judged on how they look"
/Dissapointed Daisy

"Inequality and injustice for people who are struggling to be themselves. Being true to being oneself is the greatest good on earth."

"I have a dream that our decedants one day will be free from corruption mind and iriteracy"

"i dont accept until now arabic language is not the language of medecine physics chemestry and engenerings exept syria in the arab university"
/kaldorka kaka

"We should all do and look things unselfishly with all future persipectiveness. colour pigment, religion, continent, wealthy and tribe is all we have to do away with for the grobal future vision."

"i refuse to accept racism in this era and coming generations"
/Innocent Kayamba

"I refuse to accept racism in this era."

"I refuse to accept that there will be no me because I won't have self esteem"
/Winny Mdluli

"I refuse to accept the misunderstanding of mental illness"

"That I am not good enough being me."

"I refuse to accept the school testing."

"to any body my name is wesley from philadelphia ihave both of dr king speechs on wax i had a dream and the 1963 washington march there on v"

"i refuse to accept kids being mean to others."

"that people will stop bullying and start believing"

"That I'm not good enough."
/Camryn B

"it was cool"

"he didn't even write the speech and read it for the first time in public with millions over viewers.... he totally winged it!!"
/Student Nurse


"Racism is still alive and is being taught by the older generation to the younger generation. I refuse to teach my children the same"
/Interracial marriage

"Thankyou Dr. King for all you have done for people of all skin colors, shapes, and sizes. You made it so that I can be who I am today."
/Raven H.

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