King’s moving plea and the American Dream


On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an electrifying speech to 200,000 civil rights supporters in Washington, D.C. As he stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial, King called for the nation to finish what the 16th president had begun with the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years earlier.

King’s moving plea for equality, regardless of race or creed, gets to the very core of the American Dream. “I have a dream,” King said, “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”

King’s vision was of an America that provided for the dignity and humanity of all of its citizens – and it remains today one of the most compelling visions for the human race ever uttered by one of its children.