Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I Have a Dream” Speech

(1963)

Audience

The immediate audience for King's speech was the approximately 250,000 people gathered on August 28, 1963, in front of the Lincoln Memorial and around the nearby Reflecting Pool. Additional millions listened on the radio and watched on television. King's words were aimed at all Americans. For black listeners they carried a message of hope with the promise that the goals of freedom and equality were within reach. For whites, King articulated the aspirations of African Americans, placing them squarely in the context of the American dream. Each year, on the national holiday commemorating his life, King's message is passed on to new generations.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (Library of Congress)

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