August 28th 1963: ‘I have a dream’ speech
On this day in 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech. He called for an end to racial discrimination and a new era of equality, true to the ideals of America’s founding documents. He delivered the speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of over 200,000 supporters of civil rights. The speech was a key moment of the Civil Rights Movement, and is widely considered one of the most famous and influential speeches of all time.
“I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!”