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


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On August 28, 1963, nearly a quarter of a million people arrived in the District of Columbia for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Amid the day’s various events and speeches, one stood out: Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s speech “I Have a Dream.” His oration eclipsed the remarks of all other speakers that day and is among the most quoted American public addresses. “I Have a Dream” has come to epitomize the aspirations of the modern civil rights movement.

The marchers on that day in...