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On This Day in History: Martin Luther King Jr. Delivers Iconic “I Have a Dream” Speech

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Today in 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed an estimated audience of 250,000 before the 1963 March on Washington.  In his famed speech, Dr.King used references the Founding Fathers and the Bible to depict the struggles that African Americans faced in the United States.  Dr. King concluded his speech by eloquently sharing his dreams for equality. Today, Dr.King’s speech continues to hold a special place in history as one of the signature moments of the Civil Rights Movement.

Amazingly, the iconic “I Have a Dream” portion of King’s speech was improvised on the spot.  While Dr.King had spoken of his dream in previous speeches, the text of his March of Washington speech did not originally include this portion.  About halfway through his prepared speech, Mahalia Jackson encouraged, “Tell ’em about the ‘Dream,’ Martin.”  At this point, Dr. King improvised the most famous part of his oration. Immediately after Dr. King delivered his speech, it was recognized as the highlight of the march.

We at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you will join us as we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and his iconic “I Have a Dream Speech.” Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

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