All in Human Rights

Let freedom ring: 'I have a dream' 54 years later

On August 28, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched in Washington and delivered his landmark speech: "I Have a Dream." The speech is a history lesson in itself, a time capsule that reveals the longings of the American people for justice and brotherhood, and the recognition that the nation was not yet there -- that injustice remained, that police brutality existed, that many African Americans were isolated in poverty in a nation of plenty. Not only was it a history lesson, but a reminder to us now how true reform works -- not by "gradualism," not by "physical force" but by "soul force."

Read and listen to the speech here. The full text is transcribed below.