A great speech in history: “I have a dream”

Tens of thousands of people gathered together at Lincoln Memorial (Washington) to listen to Martin Luther King’s legendary speech: 'I have a Dream'. (Getty)

It is 55 years since one of history’s most famous speeches

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King led the March for Work and Freedom, a rally in Washington to demand equal labor rights for black people.

At the time, Martin Luther King was already an activist known worldwide. For years he had been protesting against racial inequality in the United States and had participated in multiple protests, demonstrations and boycotts.

The Washington demonstration brought together more than 250,000 people and was a turning point in the history of the United States. Shortly after the March, laws against racial segregation were approved and the right to vote was granted to the African-American population.

But above all, that day will be remembered for Martin Luther King’s speech: ‘I have a dream’, which became the motto for all those people who dream of changing things to live in a fairer world.

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Publicada por Pictoline en Lunes, 15 de enero de 2018

Martin Luther King’s words

Let’s remember some of the most memorable passages of his speech.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note in so far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy; now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice; now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood”

even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed […]that all men are created equal.”

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”

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brother-hood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day”

One year after this speech, Martin Luther King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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