Keeping King’s Dream Alive
It truly was the dream speech.
Fifty years ago today — on August 28, 1963 — Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to a podium on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most important addresses in U.S. history.
A quarter of a million civil-rights supporters crowded into Washington D.C. to have their voices heard, and King’s voice was the spark plug. It became a defining moment for the movement.
A Rhetorical Masterpiece
As his electric speech came to a climax, he departed from his prepared remarks to celebrate his dream.
Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. I say to you today my friends — so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. . . .
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not…