“I have a dream”


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Washington Mall (28 August 1963)


Last night, in preparation for today’s fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech on the Washington Mall, I took a few minutes to re-read it.


It’s surprisingly short.  And, although it’s eloquent, plainly Dr. King’s magnificent delivery (deeply influenced in its Bible-drenched cadences by the best of the tradition of pulpit oratory in black churches) gives its words even greater power.


I’m posting this too late, I know, but I want to recommend a reading of the speech.  It takes only a few minutes, and is widely available online.  Or, even better, watch a video recording of it.  It’s one of the greatest speeches in American history.