‘I have a dream’ – Martin Luther King’s Timeless Speech

Here is a great post from a friend who grew up overseas, and has viewed our past from a unique POV


Fifty years ago this week, I was eleven years old. I saw a news report on TV, about a huge march of protest, in Washington D.C., in America. Martin Luther King Jr. was addressing this huge crowd, the largest I could remember seeing, in my short life up to that time. I knew a little about the plight of black people in the USA, and had seen reports about segregation, and the KKK. I well remember being mesmerised by the speech, and by the style of the orator. Although I was not religious, even then, so discounted any of that aspect, this speech held me in rapture, and perhaps more importantly, made me believe in the honesty of Mr King, and to also wish for the realisation of his desires.

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  1. It’s great to have so much attention put on the words of MLK this week. But may I just set the record straight? That way, as we write, and share, and discuss with others, we pass along accurate info. Thanks. 🙂

    Fifty years ago, April 3,the night before he was assasinated, MLK spoke in Memphis TN. I summarize that speech and link to a video of the original one on my blog yesterday.

    MLKs even more famous I Have A Dream speech was given in August, 1963 on The Mall in Washington DC in front of an enormous overflow crowd. I remember it well. I was almost 15.

    • Not sure what the conflict is – I reposted a story Pete posted a few years ago – I didn’t suggest he gave this speech the night before he was killed – Pete was reflecting on King’s Mall speech and how tragic it was when he was killed later…

    • Hi Janet. I wrote this post in August 2013. If you read the original link, you will see the date. That is why it begins, “fifty years ago this week”. Today’s blog post was a reblog of that original, to mark the anniversary of the assassination. John kindly explained this below.
      Regards from England, Pete.

  2. I love this post from Pete. The speech never ceases to inspire.

  3. Thanks for the reblog, John. I have been tied up all day, proof-reading a friend’s book. Just back on the blog now.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I love this speech. At least once per year I show it to all my classes for motivational writing. It never fails to move.

    • And it is important to remember these moments in history – there are many that are forgotten, and in these troubled times, it’s more important than ever to remember what our country has struggled to overcome…thanks for your comment!

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