In his acceptance speech for the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King Jr. likens his experiences in the Civil Rights Movement to traveling on a road. How does the use of a road as a symbol for his experiences impact the meaning of the speech?

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In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Martin Luther King Jr. used the timeless metaphor of a road in order to both make a powerful impact on his audience and to make it easy for people to get the meaning of his statements about the Civil Rights Movement. In his speech, he says,

"The tortuous road which has led from Montgomery, Alabama to Oslo bears witness to this truth. This is a road over which millions of Negroes are travelling to find a new sense of dignity. This same road has opened for all Americans a new era of progress and hope. It has led to a new Civil Rights Bill, and it will, I am convinced, be widened and lengthened into a super highway of justice as Negro and white men in increasing...

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