And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

from Abraham Lincoln – The Emancipation Proclamation on Rap Genius

Meaning

Did the Civil Rights Movement begin with this speech?
This song, written by Shel Silverstein, takes 1863 as the starting point of the struggle for equality.

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