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

(1963)

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Impact

King's words were broadcast live by the three major television networks into homes across the United States. Millions of people for whom King had been only a name in the news were thus able to witness the power of his oratory firsthand. One of the many who were impressed was President Kennedy, who remarked while viewing coverage of the march in the White House, “That guy is really good” (Garrow, p. 677). Despite his privately expressed admiration, however, the chief executive was...