“I Have a Dream”

Martin Luther King gave the most famous speech of the 20th Century fifty years ago today as the final speaker at the March on Washington.  It is a day worth commemorating and, even more so, he is a man worth remembering. Dr. King was committed to keeping his remarks to about 10 minutes.  He had completed his prepared remarks in about that time when the wonderful gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who had sung earlier and who was sitting behind the podium, called out asking Dr. King to “tell them about the Dream,” referring to remarks she had heard him use in smaller settings.  Believing he was led by the Spirit of God, Dr. King obliged and that improvisation turned an excellent speech into history.  

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