Thursday, January 15, 2009

I Have A Dream Speech

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I Have A Dream is the popular name given to the public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. when he spoke of his desire for a future where blacks and whites among others would coexist harmoniously as equals. King's delivery of the speech on August 28, 1963 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 250,000 civil rights supporters, the speech is often considered to be one of the greatest and most notable speeches in history and 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 modern day pulpit. By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations."

At the end of the speech, King departed from his prepared text for a partly improvised peroration on the theme of "I have a dream", possibly prompted by Mahalia Jackson's cry, "Tell them about the dream, Martin!". He had delivered a speech incorporating some of the same sections in Detroit in June 1963, when he marched on Woodward Avenue with Walter Reuther and the Reverend C.L. Franklin, and had rehearsed other parts.

- wikipedia


In the Library:

  • McElrath, Jessica [2008]. The Everything Martin Luther King Jr. Book : The Struggle, The Dream, The Legacy. Avon, Mass. : Adams Media. [WorldCat]
  • Clayborne, Carson [2008]. The Martin Luther King, Jr., Encyclopedia. Westport, Conn. [u.a.] Greenwood Press. [WorldCat]
  • Houck, Davis W [2006]. Rhetoric, religion and the civil rights movement, 1954-1965. Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press. [NetLibrary]
  • Ellis, Kate [2005]. Say it plain : a century of great African American speeches . New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co. [WorldCat]
  • Sunnemark, Fredrik [2004]. Ring out freedom!: The Voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Making of the Civil Rights Movement. Bloomington : Indiana University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Hansen, Drew D. [2003] The dream : Martin Luther King, Jr., and The Speech That Inspired a Nation. New York : Ecco. [WorldCat]
  • Ling, Peter J. [2002] Martin Luther King, Jr. London ; New York : Routledge. [WorldCat]
On The Web:
  • Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Peace Price Recipient [link]
  • MLK Research and Education Institute at Stanford University [link]
  • The King Center [link]
  • The National Civil Rights Museum [link]