Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"

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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic I Have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the civil rights March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. The delivery of this speech before 200,000 civil rights supporters is widely considered to be a defining moment of the American civil rights movement. King eloquently urged America to make real the promises of democracy and described his hope for a future of racial equality, when his children would live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. Often considered to be one of the greatest speeches in world history, this speech was selected as the best American speech of the 20th century by scholars of American public speaking.


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To read the full text of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s I Have a Dream speech, visit the American Rhetoric website at

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