"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.King's "I Have A Dream" speech was recited on August 28th, 1963 during the March on Washington. King spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered one of the most acclaimed and inspiring speeches in U.S. history.
|Drawing by Tommy Byrd|
The repetition "I have a dream" became a symbol of civil rights, and his soaring close "to let freedom ring" still resonates today and inspires those who are moved by his dream.
Believe it or not, the "I Have a Dream" speech was originally titled "Normalcy, Never Again" and the first drafts never included the phrase "I have a dream." Near the end of the speech, famous African American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted to Dr. King from the crowd, "Tell them about the dream, Martin." Dr. King stopped delivering his prepared speech and started "preaching," punctuating his points with "I have a dream."
Read the speech in its entirety here at the U.S. National Archives. Watch King's inspiring speech below. Read more about MLK here.
Photo #1 (top of article)- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his I Have a Dream Speech at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. 08/28/1963 ARC Identifier 542069 / Local Identifier 306-SSM-4D(107)16 - See more at: http://www.mlkonline.net/images.html#sthash.oR1ZvqfP.dpuf