"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.
Known as the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," the country expected to hear King deliver strong words to his opponents. Instead, his "I Have a Dream" speech was one of heartfelt passion and poetic eloquence that still echoes in our memory.
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Martin Luther King,Jr. was a prophet sent by God. This truth is known ever more clearly as time goes by.
I was born in 1960 and have seen the progression of phenomenal change in America and the world.
I listen to Dr. King today with new wisdom and insight gained from maturity. I encourage others of my generation to listen to Dr. King's speeches through new ears, seasoned with maturity.
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.]
This powerful speech reminds us, once more, how much there's still left to be done on Martin Luther King's dream of "freedom". It made me reflect on major key points discussed in Ta-Nehisi Coastes's book "Between the World and Me".
A must listen!
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