The Power of the MLKing Dream

      In class the other day, we watched a clip on Youtube about Martin Luther king and his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. The clip was about 17 minutes and in those few moments a man expressed himself in a way like no other. I was glade that we watched this in class because as an African American myself I like to always remember how far we have come.

            “I Have a Dream” is a seventeen minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. The speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement. Delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters, the speech was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.  According to U.S. Representative John Lewis, who also spoke that day as the President of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, “Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized. By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.”

Elijah Graham

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