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Words can be a powerful tool for change. Here are 10 speeches by African-Americans whose words impacted everyone who heard them.

President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Address

Many believed we would never see a Black President, so on January 20, 2009 when Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, it became a day etched in the mind of millions who realized nothing was impossible.

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