10 Best Modern Political Speeches

We'll be hearing a lot of great speeches this election season, but let's take a second to remember the true giants of political rhetoric.

10. Martin Luther King: I've Been to the Mountaintop

King delivered this speech in Memphis, Tennessee, the day before he was assassinated. After talking for a while about the Memphis Sanitation Strike, he builds to a climax about the possibility that he'll die before his time: "I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will."

Meanwhile, James Earl Ray, his future killer, was only a few miles away attending a rally for racist presidential candidate George Wallace, whose speech that day allegedly inspired Ray to go through with the deadly plot. Full text here

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