Monday, 19 August 2013

Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech in Washington 50 years ago this month

The Great March on Washington was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It culminated in the rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963.
The Reverend King delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech advocating racial harmony to 250,000 people of all creeds and colours
The full text is here:
The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).

The key passage of one of the greatest speeches ever written or spoken is as follows:
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!"
Anyone who aspires to speak in public should learn and practice the artistry in this speech.