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From the archives: Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about ‘new age’ of race relations in moving Des Moines speech | Des Moines Register

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From the archives: Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about ‘new age’ of race relations in moving Des Moines speech | Des Moines Register This story by Register reporter Robert Barewald originally ran on Nov. 13, 1959. April 4, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination in Memphis, Tennessee.

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The old age of racial segregation and discrimination is giving way to a new age of “freedom, justice and human dignity,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said in Des Moines. Dr. King, organizer of a peaceful Negro boycott of buses in Montgomery, Alabama, in protest against segregated seating, spoke to an audience of about 900 persons in University Christian Church.

“We stand today on the threshold of the most creative and constructive period in the history of race relations,” he said, but added that the new age presents many challenges.

“We are challenged to rise above the narrow confines of our individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity,” he said.

“We must all learn to live together as brothers in the world, or we will all die together as fools.”

The destiny and security of the United States is tied up with the destiny and security of India and every other nation.”

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