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Stand Up, Speak Out: Honoring Human Rights


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Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1960.   Source: Francis Miller/LIFE

Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1960. Source: Francis Miller/LIFE

Few people realize that the concept of human rights is a fairly new concept. It wasn’t until the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed December 10th, 1948, that the “movement,” as it’s called, was nurtured into being.

So what defines human rights? Ask many people – you’ll get many answers. But at its root, human rights are the recognition of dignity, and equality and the inalienable rights of all humans, whoever they are, wherever they live. In other words, just by being alive, you have specific rights that go beyond your state, country and culture.

On this edition, we take a look at the meaning of human rights through three prominent speakers: Martin Luther King Jr.; Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson; and Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman.

This week’s host: Tena Rubio.
Contributing producers: Justin Beck, Emily Polk.

For more information:

Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior
“Beyond the Dream” Speech

Marian Wright Edelman, President
Children’s Defense Fund

Edelman Speech

Mary Robinson
Ethical Globalization Initiative (EGI)

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Review of this program on PRX (Public Radio Exchange):

Posted: 2-1-2006
Reviewer: Michael Johnson, Producer, Trainer

The 3 speeches presented by Martin Luther King Jr., Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, and Children’s Defense Fund President, Marian Wright Edelman offer a sharp critique of the current state of human rights, but Making Contacts presentation of these speech excerpts also offers a hopeful message of individual action.

The half hour is well paced, never lags and presents some surprisingly relevant social commentary, especially from Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful 1967 speech entitled “Beyond Vietnam, a Time to Break Silence”.

This program would go well in the 7:00pm to 8:00pm evening slot after the new and befre the onset of night programming.

This presentation of important voices and ideas is a strong tonic for the country’s turbulent political state.

Rating: 3/5
Adjectives: Opinionated, Thoughtful

Author: Radio Project

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