Wednesday/ speech of the century

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Google’s home page tribute to the 50th anniversary of MLK’s speech on the Washington mall.

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the ‘I have a dream’ speech by civil rights leader Martin Luther King (August 28, 1963).  a panel of more than 130 scholars got together in 1999 to rate the best speeches of the 20th century and King’s speech ranked No. 1.  Dr King was assassinated 4½ years later, on April 4, 1968 .. but he did see the Civil Rights Act of 1964 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson : a landmark piece of civil rights legislation in the United States that outlawed major forms of discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and women.

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Check the first page of a draft version of the speech. The ‘I have a dream’ phrase was not even in the final prepared version of the speech. As he spoke, gospel singer Mahalia Jackson called out to King, “Tell ’em about the dream, Martin.”


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