By: Paige Hubbard
Today marks the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech. Even though his words were spoken years ago, the impact still lives on to this day.
Over two decades ago, more than 250,000 people united outside of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to hear Martin King say three iconic words that would forever go down in history, “I have a dream”.
That day was a pivotal moment for the civil rights movement which prompted King to hold the speech. In result, his words put pressure on Congress to pass the civil rights act.
The act was eventually passed the previous year in 1964.
Even though he was lobbying for equal rights for African Americans, people from all different backgrounds, religions, and races came together to witness history.
From celebrities like Harry Belafonte to a 15-year-old who hitchhiked nearly 700 miles from Alabama to Washington. It didn’t matter about skin color or creed because the message he was there to share was much greater than that.
At the time, John F. Kennedy was president. It was said that he became anxious about King’s iconic speech turning violent. But the crowd was so large; it caused an overwhelming amount of media to attend, which put the president at ease.
You can listen to the full speech above.