Overlooking the reflecting pool from the Lincoln Memorial that hot Wednesday in August 1963, Martin Luther King spoke to a crowd of 200,000 and announced to the world he had a dream.
The audience, part of a demonstration that descended on Washington demanding voting rights, economic opportunity and an end to segregation, was filled with optimism that the world would abandon discrimination and finally live in harmony. The struggle wouldn't end, but the words of King, echoing long after his death in 1968, would help King's dream stay alive.
The Dream Lives On...
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man of vision, action, commitment, peace, and nonviolence. Today, he is celebrated and commemorated around the world for his lifetime commitments, extraordinary achievements and contributions to humanity.
Some of Dr. King's most famous writings
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"I Have A Dream"
"Letter From A Birmingham Jail"
Dr. King's Nobel Prize Acceptance