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    I was born after the 1963 Washington D.C. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I don't remember ever not knowing about Martin Luther King, Jr's August 28, 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech. Until I heard an NPR interview of Dustin Volz, who had written a story for The National Journal, I didn't realize that I hadn't ever heard the entire speech.

    The "I Have a Dream" speech is under copyright protection until 2038. The Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Inc. holds the copyright, and enforces it vigorously. Legally, it's entitled to, but there's a huge debate about whether morally, it should, given its historical importance. I'll leave that debate to others - I was more than happy to pay for this Audible to hear the entire speech.

    King, delivering the speech at the Lincoln Memorial 100 years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, gives the famous words "I Have a Dream" historic context, including the 1963 reality of segregation. He builds to a crescendo, with the encouragement of Mahalia Jackson, who can be heard on the Audible.

    There is so much more to this speech than the common excerpts we see and hear.

    It is the best speech I've ever listened to.

    [The title of this review is from a portion of the "I Have a Dream" speech.]

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    Martin Luther King's I Have A Dream Speech

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    "I have a dream today." On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King spoke these words as he addressed a crowd of more than 200,000 civil rights protesters gathered at The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Two months earlier, President John Kennedy had sent a civil rights bill to Congress, but it was struck down. Although Kennedy was concerned about the possibility of widespread violence during this protest, he realized he was powerless to stop it and embraced the movement instead.

    Cynthia says: "With this faith we will be able to transform"
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    What did you love best about Thalia Book Club: Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Celebration?

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    Casey says: "This is not the full story."

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