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When MLK Jr. lamented ‘we have not learned the simple art of living together’

In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, the Nobel Prize Foundation released the full audio recording of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1964 Peace Prize acceptance speech.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Finally, our NewsHour Shares of the day, something that caught our eye that we thought might be of interest to you too.

    In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Nobel Prize Foundation released the full audio recording of his 1964 Peace Prize acceptance speech.

    Here is an excerpt:

  • VOICE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.:

    We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.

    Every man lives in two realms, the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals, and religion. The external is that complex of devices,

    And in the hearts of men, we will come to that great and glad day when men all over the world will be able to join hands, black and men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, Hindus and Muslims, and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, free at last, free at last. Thank God all mighty, we are free at last.

    Thank you.

    (APPLAUSE)

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    A speech we don't often hear, those words particularly relevant now.

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