“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.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
On August 28, 1963, history was made…
? It was the day Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his world famous speech,“I have a dream” during the March for Jobs and Freedom highlighting racial inequality in the United States.
? The speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC & was attended by more than 250,000 people.
? The part where he says “I have a dream” was originally not meant to be in the script. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the crowd, shouted & urged him to tell the people about his dream, so he improvised his speech and the rest is history.
? The 4 powerful words “I have a dream” were used 8 times in his speech. The use of repetition was a form of persuasion to the audience to ‘Be The Change’ (Anaphora).
? After he finished, King gave his speech to basketball player George Raveling who was a volunteer at the March (Raveling has this priceless copy hitherto & refuses to part with this national treasure even though large sums of money have been offered to him).
Watch ‘I Have A Dream’ speech below (Credit: Rare Facts)
Who was Martin Luther King Jr.?
??Born Michael King in Atlanta, MLK was a minister & a successful leader of the African American Civil Rights Movement in America.
??Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, King conducted his political activism through #nonviolence & #inspirationalspeeches, making him one of the most influential African-American leaders in history.
?? His biggest dream & goal was to end racism and achieve rights for African Americans.
?? King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 & several other honors in his lifetime.
?? Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
King’s iconic speech concluded dramatically with the phrase,
“Free at last! Free at Last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Image Source :Credit: Rowland Scherman / Public domain