I Have a Dream

1963 speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington D.C. to 250.000 people of the civil rights movement, regarded as one of the most important speeches in US history

"I Have a Dream" is the name of a speech Martin Luther King, Jr. gave on August 28, 1963 while standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.. In his speech, he spoke of his wish for the future. His wish was that people of different races could live together peacefully in the United States. The speech was given to over 200,000 supporters. He spoke of the discrimination that the black men have faced even though they were to be treated as equals after the great Abraham Lincoln signed the momentous decree; the Emancipation Proclamation. The speech is very famous. Many have called it "the best speech given in the 20th century".[1]

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his speech at the DC Civil Rights March.


  1. Stephen Lucas and Martin Medhurst (December 15, 1999). ""I Have a Dream" Speech Leads Top 100 Speeches of the Century". The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Archived from the original on 2006-07-09. Retrieved 2006-07-18.

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A Simple English Video about the "I Have a Dream" Speech