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Full text: Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream' speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. (Source: Library of Congress) Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964. (Source: Library of Congress)
Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington (Source: National Archives) Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington (Source: National Archives)
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech still resonates with power even after more than 50 years since it was given.

King delivered the iconic speech at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.

His opening statement was bold:

"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But 100 years later the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later the life of the Negro is still badly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later the Ne,gro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later the negro is still languished in the comers of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. So we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition."

Dr. King continued with heart of his speech: the dream.

"I say to you today, my friends, though, 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, live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'"

See the full speech HERE at the National Archives.

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