Martin Luther King “I Have a Dream”

Mike F. posted twice on MLK yesterday.  I teach American History, and show my students what is now known as the “I have a dream” speech each year.  There’s an old saying about everybody having 15 minutes, but his speech really is just about that length in its entirety.  The many civil protests and even the march in Washington may have been forgotten by many in the past 50 years, but King’s speech encapsulates in just a few minutes the collective thoughts of millions of the civil rights movement.  The statements “I have a dream” and “Let freedom ring” are as well known in our collective conscience as “…one small step for man” or perhaps “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.”

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