Here’s a great mark on history we all need to know. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement.
“I Have a Dream” speech – August 28, 1963
In the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin tries to end racism in the U.S.A. by standing in front of over 50,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. by reading his speech.
The speech was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement.
Beginning with a reference to the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed millions of slaves in 1863, King observes that:
“One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Toward the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme “I have a dream”, prompted by Mahalia Jackson’s cry: “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” In this part of the speech, which most excited the listeners and has now become its most famous, King described his dreams of freedom and equality arising from a land of slavery and hatred.
At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.
Watch the “I Have a Dream” speech here.