Martin Luther King: MLK 'I Have A Dream' Speech Anniverary,video
Saturday August 28th, 47th Anniversary Of March On Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King I Have A Dream Speech IN 1963, (video, transcript)
While the media is focusing on the Glenn Beck Rally scheduled to take place on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic I Have A Dream Speech, it perhaps worth revisiting that historic day on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
The MLK I Have A Dream speech is now regarded as a seminal moment in US Civil Rights history. where Dr. King delivered a stirring please for racial equality before an estimated crowd of 200,000 people.
In 1963 the speech was culmination of the Civil Rights March On Washington designed to to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enact Civil Rights Legislation. MLK created a broad coalition for the March On Washington.
His partners in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom included other religious leaders, labor leaders, and black organizers. The assembled masses marched down the Washington Mall from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial, heard songs from Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and heard speeches by actor Charlton Heston, NAACP president Roy Wilkins, and future U.S. Representative from Georgia John Lewis.
Martin Luther King was the very last speaker of the day and he delivered a speech which was truly remarkable its scope and its brevity, lasting only 10 minutes. MLK reached back into America's past, calling on the memory of Lincoln and the promise of the Emancipation Proclamation , urging America to complete the promise of freedom for all its citizens.