Martin Luther King Jr. delivers “I Have a Dream” speech

August 28

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington.

The historic speech was delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, in front of a crowd of nearly 250,000 people.

“I Have A Dream” Speech Quotes

But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.

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There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

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Today MLK’s “I Have a Dream’ speech remains as one of the most influential speeches in U.S history. 


Sources

Martin Luther King Jr.

The 1963 March on Washington

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