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My Picks for Cool Tweets That Refer to a ‘Famous Speech’

Do you remember that famous speech? There are some speeches I was taught about in school or I learned from watching TV or reading books.  But there are some that I knew nothing about.  The tweets inspired me to do additional research to know more.

Swami Vivekananda delivered his speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago, IL, in 1893, and began it with the words, “Sisters and Brothers of America”. When someone starts out like that, it makes you want to hear what else they have to say.  This gentleman played an integral role in bringing the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world.   He is revered by the people of India and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

It does not matter that I have seen several movies about Queen Elizabeth.  Bette Davis as QueenElizabeth.  Glenda Jackson as Queen Elizabeth.  Helen Mirren as QueenElizabeth.  I could watch a hundred more movies.  I have always been fascinated with the Virgin Queen.  She struck me as a force to be reckoned with.

I have no doubt this speech is very significant.  However, in America, when South Africa is mentioned, we usually only hear references to speeches made by the late NelsonMandela.  May 10, 1994, Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the President of South Africa.  If 1994 marked the end of apartheid in SouthAfrica, then historians feel that this speech, delivered by Harold Macmillan, UK Prime Minister, in 1960, marked the beginning of the end of apartheid.

Most people quote memorable words from the Gettysburg Address delivered by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863.  However, this famous speech which he made on June 16, 1858, BEFORE he became President when he was running for a seat in the Senate, is equally as memorable and just as important to the building of the United States of America.  He lost the Senate race but got elected as POTUS 3 years later.

In my estimation of the measure of a man, Frederick Douglass is one of 3 Historical Figures That Contributed to America’s Greatness.

In my estimation of the measure of a woman,  Sojourner Truth is one of 3 Historical Figures That Contributed to America’s Greatness.

* For my generation, December 7, 1941, was a notable day in America’s history.  For my kids, it was September 11, 2001.

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