Martin Luther King Day might mean another paid day off work, and for many people, that's reason enough to celebrate. But when you scratch the surface of what this holiday is really about, you may come to have a whole new appreciation for how one man changed our nation's history and influenced its current social state.
Like most of America, you probably know Martin Luther King Jr. from the pages of your history book -- a charismatic and often controversial Baptist minister and social activist who was assassinated for his belief that all men should live as equals in 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. undoubtedly left his mark and created a tidal wave of social change that we are still seeing the ripple effects of today. If you want to go back to where it all began, to the heart of his social platform, it all starts with one powerful speech.
Dr. King planted the seeds for the "I Have a Dream" speech during earlier speeches, but he didn't finish the actual speech until the wee hours of that August day. The speech, given during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was to inspire people to rise up and demand equality for all.Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on Aug. 28, 1963, to a crowd of over 200,000 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
The 17-minute address is one of the most iconic speeches of all time. It's worth revisiting this speech to remind ourselves what MLK fought for – and what we should continue to fight for today.
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 1/13/2016
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