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'Took me right out of my seat' a?? Warren Buffett was inspired by a Martin Luther King Jr. speech to push for civil rights

'Took me right out of my seat' a?? Warren Buffett was inspired by a Martin Luther King Jr. speech to push for civil rights
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Warren Buffett heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak at an event just six months before his assassination.




"That was one of the most inspiring speeches I've ever heard. Took me right out of my seat," Buffett said.




The reverend's words instilled in Buffett "a sense of urgency to do something more for civil rights," Alice Schroeder wrote in her biography of the famed investor.




Buffett battled anti-Semitism by joining an all-Jewish country club and encouraging other country clubs to admit Jews.




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Warren Buffett heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak just six months before his assassination. The force of the reverend's rhetoric inspired the famed investor to push harder for civil rights.
Berkshire Hathaway's CEO and his late wife, Susan, attended a fundraising event at Grinnell College in Iowa in October 1967, Alice Schroeder wrote in "The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life." King gave a thundering rendition of "Remaining Awake during a Revolution."
"I remember that speech that Martin Luther King gave," Buffett said in "Becoming Warren Buffett," a HBO documentary. "That was one of the most inspiring speeches I've ever heard. Took me right out of my seat."
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