By CASEY GANE-MCCALLA
(Editor's note - Today, January 15, would have MLK's 80th birthday.)Martin Luther King, Jr. might be the greatest orator in American history. His words and speeches changed America forever. Not only did his speeches address integration, but King also gave powerful calls to action on poverty and the war in Vietnam. Here are MLK's Top 5 Speeches.
1. I Have A Dream.
This is one of the most well known and referred to speeches in modern American history.
2. Why I Am Opposed To The War In Vietnam.
Many people forget about King's strong anti-war stance. Many of the reasons he opposed the war in Vietnam relate to the current conflicts in Gaza and Iraq.
3. I Have Been To The Mountain Top.
King's last speech was prophetic. He would die the next day but his words would live on and inspire people forever.
4. The Urgency of Now.
In a theme later used by Barack Obama, King showed why integration couldn't wait.
5. A Time to Break Silence.
In this speech, Martin Luther King again outlined his opposition to the war in Vietnam.
(Casey Gane-McCalla is a writer, rapper, producer and actor, and the assistant editor for NewsOne.)