I Have A Dream

Today we celebrate the iconic life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is best known as a leading figure in the advancement of civil rights in the U.S. and around the world using nonviolent methods.

A “very brief” look back at his distinguished life will shed some light on the man we celebrate today. Dr. King was born on January 15, 1929. After graduating from Morehouse College, he studied theology at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. There he was elected president of a predominantly white senior class. He then enrolled in graduate studies at Boston University and received his doctorate in 1955. While in Boston he met and married Coretta Scott. Together they had two sons and two daughters.

In 1954, Dr. King became pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He also became a leading advocate for civil rights. In 1957, he was elected to be the first president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization formed to provide new leadership for the now burgeoning civil rights movement. The ideals for this organization he took from Christianity; its operational techniques from Gandhi. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, Dr. King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

On the evening of April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was to lead a protest march in sympathy with striking garbage workers of that city, he was assassinated.

In this video, we can listen to the electrifying speech that was the high point of the civil rights movement, a peaceful demand for an end to racial segregation and discrimination.

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17 Responses to “I Have A Dream”

  1. JOAN HURST says:

    BRILLIANT.! I USED TO SHOW THIS VIDEO TO MY STUDENTS WHEN I TAUGHT IN SECONDARY EDUCATION. IT WAS INDEED AN AWE INSPIRING SPEECH. WE NOW NEED TO FIGHT FOR THE FREEDOM OF BABIES FROM ABORTION,AND THEIR POOR MOTHERS.

  2. Beverly says:

    Great Leader

  3. Tikkie says:

    An Inspiring speech based on Christian faith

  4. Karen says:

    Great man of God.

  5. Symson says:

    Great speech! whenever, I watch this speech, I have tear eyes. It’s so powerful.

  6. Rev LK Reedy says:

    As much as lieth within thee, live peaceably with all men! Mr King promoted such a spirit, as each of us must….

  7. Rev LK Reedy says:

    As much as lieth within thee; live peaceably with ALL MEN…Mr. King promoted such peace, so must we!

  8. L.S.Thomas says:

    We must learn to march forward peacefully and reach our goal without bloodshed.

  9. CHERI CARNES says:

    A LOVING MAN OF GOD FOR ALL PEOPLE

  10. Mary Dee Goettsche says:

    Thank you for bringing this great speech to us again!

  11. Dahlia Sagucio says:

    I am a university teacher, handling English subjects, and one of them is Oral communication, and this includes Public address.
    I was able to see this clip (only a portion of it) in one Video presentations for public speech.
    Thank you for the complete clip..I shall present this now regularly as a Sample powerful Persuasive speech.

  12. CMan'76 says:

    Martin L. King has Touched us in ways that we all shouldn’t forget the struggle’s that what he stood for. By making our lives a little better, mainly from our background and being proud who we are. GOD has use many in the likes of Martin, in my own family my Dad was the first black man to apply for his UL license. All by having the civil rights bill in our favor, GOD bless you Mr. King and all who stood with him.

    From
    CMan’76

  13. Masayo says:

    He had a dream and it is not a dream anymore. Dr. Kings dream came true in this nation. I wish Dr. King could live in this generation to witness our president Obama. “Free at last.” What a wonderful view of the speech site! It is the picture of “One Nation Under God.” America has been blessed by God because of majority obeyed the God’s words. America, you can do it again to unite and obey the God’s law so that we shall be blessed once more!!

  14. Jara says:

    I delivered this speech in our oratorical contest in school when I was a junior high school student way back 1969. My coach was my Public Speaking teacher who was the best ever. I got the grand prize for this. Since then I really loved Martin Luther King and everything that he advocated in his lifetime.

  15. Zena Eggough says:

    After all these years as I listened to”I Have A Dream” I realised the impact of that great speech.What a man! A powerful visionary ahead of his time! Martin Luther King Jr.was the John the Baptist, the forerunner of what was to come!His vision and dream became the reality of our time. President Obama is the reality of this dream! Lord, help this man!!
    Zena

  16. Jane Makina says:

    Martin! If his dedication to the call for peaceful coexistence is something to go by in order have peace today in our homes and countries, we had Martin and I do not know if we have one like him today.
    May his soul and all who suffered with him silently and caan not be remembered rest in peace.

    Let us all answer to our call as God’s people.

    Jane, Mzuzu-MALAWI

  17. Rosalie Wade says:

    Great man of God. May his legacy live on and on.

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