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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream” Speech

Posted by Library Blog on 08/23/2013 at 03:17 PM

August 28 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  His speech was delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  According to the Our Documents website, the march was the largest demonstration for human rights in U.S. history at that time and was viewed as a rare display of unity among various civil rights organizations.  The event started with a rally at the Washington Monument featuring several celebrities and musicians.  Next, participants marched the National Mall to the Lincoln Memorial.  At the Memorial, civil rights and religious leaders delivered speeches.  Over 250,000 people listened to Dr. King’s speech, considered the highlight of the march.  At the conclusion of the march, its leaders then met with President John F. Kennedy at the White House. 

More information about the march along with a program is available at the Our Documents website.  The Our Documents initiative is a cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration, and USA Freedom Corps and features 100 of the milestone documents in American history.

RWU School of Law celebrates annually the contributions of Dr. King to the civil rights movement with a keynote speaker and other activities such as panel and movie discussions, community service, and exhibits.  These events are presented by the Office of Diversity & Outreach frequently in partnership with the Multi-Cultural Law Students Association and the Feinstein Center for Pro Bono & Experiential Education.  You can view documents about the week-long celebrations beginning with 2006 on the Docs @ RWU site.

For information about the life of Dr. King, visit The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change

To view the history of America’s civil rights movement, watch the PBS award-winning television series, Eyes on the Prize, chronicling the movement from 1954 to 1985.