On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered the iconic “I Have A Dream” speech as part of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech has become a national symbol of unity and peace and is widely regarded as among the most transformative speeches made in our history. It is said that Dr. King stayed up to 4 am writing and working with confidants on the speech and was advised to remove the
“I have a dream” theme for being too cliche and repetitive of previous speeches. However, Dr. King was urged by Mahalia Jackson who was close to him at the time, to tell them about the dream, threw out the scripted version, and shared his vision for a unified America. The power of the speech resonated and sparked a movement that shaped the Civil Rights act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, supporting the end of racial segregation in this country.