Historical Flashback: Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream

Today marks 53 years since the civil rights activist delivered his famous speech

Martin Luther King Jr. was a minister and activist who led the United States Civil Rights Movement from the mid-1950s until he was assassinated in 1968. He remains one of history’s most lauded African American leaders.

His legendary I Have A Dream speech was given at a historic demonstration in Washington on 28 August 1963 with more than 200,000 people in attendance. Extracts from this iconic speech are below.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

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