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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: 545
"I refuse to accept the notion that the people of America won't ever be judged by their character."
/Braylen

"I refuse to accept discrimination, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, nationality, etc. We are ALL THE SAME."
/David Norton

"I refuse to accept that our species will continue to destroy the world. MAKE CHANGE"
/Lizzie

"I refuse to accept that human being is more worse for the world than anything else."
/Bahareh Shakiba

"I refuse to accept racism. I cannot believe how horrible us white people are to other races."
/Bella - Sydney, Australia

"A world in which children die for the want of clean water and are unable to access education due to the inertia of rapacious industries."
/S M A A JOHN

"I refuse to accept that Putin-who's supplying Assad with military equipment and personnel to KILL people-will receive a Nobel Peace Prize."
/Layla

"I have a dream: Everyone learns to admired this great man as much as I do."
/Yovi Morales Morales

"I refuse to accept violence for ethnical or religious issues; everyone has the right to believe in what they want"
/Elena Der

"I love Martin Luther King Jr. he made a difference in everyone life and his dream came true some of it not everyone stop being racism."
/Swagger3000

"The black man has awoken. The Dreaming is over."
/B T.

"I refuse to accept that the world never will become a better place for all of the citizens on earth."
/Johanna

"I refuse to accept a government which forces its citizens to accept the unfair dictatorial one-party rule interfering the Internet space!"
/Taiyou Lin

"MLK FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS!"
/Chouchoupi

"I refuse to accept the fact that only in the world and among peoples can Chinese people only not have the right to express freely!"
/

"I refuse to accept that Gays arent treated the same as straight people"
/Miles

"When someone asks for what race I am, I say, "Human.""
/person

"As a Muslim and a human being I refuse to accept racism, discrimination, abuse on the rights of others."
/Mohammed Rajab Alzahrani

"I refuse to accept moral laziness. I refuse to accept the suggestion to let my ideals slip in favour of living easily. Or at least, I try to"
/Gabi

"Blacks and whites should be treated the same"
/sunny robinson

""Never a victim,forever a fighter""
//Chelsea

"I refuse to accept that women are still seen as inferior. I refuse to accept that we earn two dollars less an hour on average. END IT!"
/Isabelle Carvalho

"We are all created equally! Whatever god you believe in we come from the same one. strip away the flesh inside its all the same colour."
/Hali

"Racism, its not good! simple as that! light or no light we are the same...strip away the flesh and its all the same colour...muscle and bone"
/canadaianeh?

"I refuse to accept the fact that there is still racism! It needs to end, ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL!! Let freedom ring! Put a stop to it!!"
/Native Girl Sault

"you truly made history king what you did in 1963 will live on for ever and you momery will live on forever"
/sandra <3

"Thank you Martin Luther King Junior"
/M.LK. lover

""The only way to get rid of racism is to stop talking about it" - Morgan Franklin"
/Monica Russell

"I refuse to accept that the current situation in Syria can only be resolved through war. Peace is possible and should be sought by all means"
/Thomas Hofer

""I refuse to accept the humankind will be select by its color, origin,religion, thoughts or ideas.""
/

"I refuse to accept that half of the comments on this wall have spelling errors"
/Lily Williams

"Racism is worse than murder people! You are stabbing them, mentally, endlessly!!!!"
/Phoebe

"Just be yourself thats the best way to live"
/HamzXx

"I accept everyone!!!"
/Jesus Ghandi Peace :D

"I REFUSE TO HAVE SCHOOL"
/MY BUTT

"i refuse to have berd classes"
/carly

"martin luther king jr. I think you really made a diffrence in your i have a dream speech. it really stood out to me."
/lightbulb

"he is so inspirational"
/lydia

"I refuse to accept all of this hatred, fear and distrust in the world."
/Andrew Frame

"We all miss u"
/Adalyne

"God Bless America And Everybody In It...Martin Luther King Jr. Ended Segregation, Now Racism Is Ended..."
/Dionne Morrison

"I refuse that people should counts our color, it is what on the inside that counts."
/Tram Nguyen

"I refuse to let people who belittle my potential to stop me from becoming less than I can."
/Nicole Catherine

"I refuse to accept the view that all Muslims are bad we are just the same as everyone else. A few rotten apples does not ruin the bunch."
/MLK LIVES ON!

"I refuse to accept racism"
/Kiara Stevens

"We are all the same and have rights that are balanced, no one is different. We are just human from different places. We can share the world."
/Anatasia Phan Nguyen

"I refuse to accept that we need to fight for things like these, who shouldn't matter at all."
/Liz

".I refuse to accept that the dream is hopeless"
/Yao minghai

"``I refuse to accept that the world must be ruled by iron hand''."
/Kichere,I.J.

"i refuse to accept obamas laws"
/Reese Brown

"That I am anything less than human"
/peace 23

"I love the African Dream...it is amazing!"
/Luca

"Great man for great nation , he changed the world , by non violent mean , so God bless him , his spirit will continue for ever ."
/Saleh Awdaly

"I refuse to accept that people still be differenced by their skin. White, colored, yellow? We are all humans, with dark or clear skin."
/Meryl Cohen

"I refuse to accept the USA imperialism murdering people with their wars and making people starve around the world. #nonobeltoobama"
/Gabriel Cruz

"I refuse to accept that white people still get higher paying jobs than of colored people. END IT! 'Turn off the lights we r da same.'"
//ZaneSonic

"My life without SCIENCE and SCIENCE without facts."
/Kishlay Kumar

"I refuse to believe that Obama, Putin, Merkel, Hollande & c.o would turn down the challenge to act as human shields in Syria to stop the war"
/Ylva

"i have a dream to be a doctor"
/katrina

"I am a man, not a yellow"
/Philip Lam

"martin luther king == "mahtama gandhi" exact equilibrium"
/phani.dora6@gmail.com

"if we want to change the world,we need to change ourself...."
/m

"I refuse to accept the humankind will be select by its colour, origin, thoughts or ideas."
/Miriam Huerta

"I refuse to let violence and tragic historic problems get in my way of accomplishing things and bringing me down no matter what my color"
/Goodness Adekoya

"Racism, if you turn out the light, we are all the same color."
/Paulette

"I refuse to accept the fact that some country's still practices capital punishment. We are better than that."
/Clare

"I have a dream that one day you will save us from this class"
/kailah

"thank god you said that speech"
/james

"I refuse to accept the restrictive changes that the world government is trying place over the populace."
/Josh Winter

"that blacks doesn't know there history of slavey"
/teaira

"I refuse to honour Peace Nobel Prize Laureate Obama for having forgotten diplomacy and cooperation through peoples and promoting war."
/francesca fabbris

"No war,only peace.Stop hurting and killing."
/Cheng from China

"we are not free until we are all free"
/magali moreau, uk

"I refuse to accept that Barack Obama would get a single iota of support from the late GREAT Marting Luther King Jr."
/Rob Ross

"I refuse to accept that I will be just another statistic. That people who look like me are bound to fail."
/Joana Chacon

"...that ignorance--the root of aggression and hostility--is an agent more powerful than than empathy, wisdom, and true compassion."
/Andrew R Thompson

"I refuse to accept that people are still being judge based on the color of their skin, sexual preference, and gender."
/Aliyah C.

"I refuse to accept the Dr. King would approve of my Brothers and Sisters being the pawns to the so called black leaders."
/Manu Jackson

"...the looks of unwarranted disdain and hatred from others who are simply masking own insecurities of society's prejudicial norm."
/Carol Evergreen Coleman Jones

"I refuse to accept that our Country's economic power is run completely by a few depraved, emotionally ill, corrupt corporation owners."
/Sally Casas

"i refuse to accept people judge eachother by the amount of money they do not have."
/Mathew

"That humans can be so tyrannical as to discriminate or kill their fellow brethren... World peace will be established... Very soon. Amen."
/Stuti Saxena

"That the nation that brother Martin Luther King Jr. loves with his pure heart, disrespects his memory with war"
/Alejandro, Colombia

"that any human is less than another; that any life is meaningless; that any time is insignificant or boring; that death is the end of life."
/Timothy J. Bonner, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

"Racism Will Never Go Away. There Will Never Be Peace."
/Jacquelyn J

"I have a dream that it is even possible now !"
/Kingsley Kasosa

"that actually some people seperate the blackz just because of their colour. we are all da same since we ar all humans!!!!!!!!!"
/yumi sandee

"we are all brothers and sisters of one world. colour doesn't matter, we are all human beings. :D"
/sansi yazmin

"how some people still make fun of blacks talk about them"
/jaquantis mcnair

"I can't accept a society in which people are accustomed to saying "who cares?""
/Guanqing Pan, New Jersey, the United States

"We need Peace for the World no more War try to remeber we are brothers and sisters don´t matter race, age, nationality.... PEACE!"
/Robert Goodrich

"I refuse to accept that peace isn't possible."
/Bryony

"I refuse to accept distortions of people's values: The society tells them to pursue for money or fame but not the social welfare or equality"
/Yuxuan Cao

"I refuse to accept that we are alle alike. We're made different to combine as ONE!!!"
/Raphael

"I hope peace, tolerance and diversity will one day rule the world!"
/Luis Quinones-Ramirez

"I refuse to accept man's inhumanity to man as a norm."
/Alex. Scotland

"I refuse to accept that we need to live in a world where we purposely hurt ourselves, animals and this planet for our own apparent gain."
/Faith Canter

"I cant accapt that Obama is responsible for torture and thousends of deaths and still can keep the nobel peace prize"
/Michael Goedecke

"The struggle is an endless one,emergence of Barack Obama is a testimony,only time will tell"
/Jude E Dike

"I refuse to accept still having racial basis for jobs!"
/Ariy

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