Updated: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:15:00 GMT | By India Syndicate
Greatest speeches in history: In pictures

If Martin Luther King's speech against racial discrimination was awe-inspiring, no less were those delivered by other personalities. We look at some of these gems from history

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John F. Kennedy ‘inaugural address’, Jan 20, 1961, Washington, D.C.

It was one of the greatest inaugural addresses in US history by a president elect. Critics believed Kennedy was too inexperienced to be president of the United States. His speech, however, silenced them.

Excerpt: “Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort? In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

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