Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I Have A #Dream - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King, Jr. photographed by Marion S. Trikosko, 1964.
LC-DIG-ppmsc-01269 Source: Library of Congress

January 21

Martin Luther King, Jr

Today we honor a man who helped usher in a new area of civil rights for American minorities, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is best remembered by his "I Have A Dream" speech that he delivered at his march on Washington, DC in 1963. The famous portion seen in this video was not part of Dr. King's prepared speech. He went off his script after the American gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, standing in the ground urged him to "Tell them about the Dream." It is considered on of America's greatest speeches. 

It's Time For A Change
Dr. Martin Luther King's solution to obtaining civil rights for all Americans was not to fight the system with violence. He believed by using powerful worlds and acts of nonviolent resistance he could create enough media attention that someone in government would have to listen. Despite his non-violence stand many of his peaceful protesters were often times met with hostility. It wasn't uncommon for the protesters to have dogs unleashed on them and to be struck down by water from an industrial size water hose. Many of the protesters were also arrested. Dr. Martin Luther King was jailed 29 times for protesting.

Dr. Martin Luther King's Civil Rights movement lasted from December, 1955 until April 4, 1968. His thirteen year long movement made more advances in civil rights for the African American than any other movement. You can learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King's life and his many achievements at

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