On this day: Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” 47



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52 years ago today, on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave the world a speech it would never forget.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was one of the first demonstrations to get extensive live television coverage around the world.

It opened the eyes of many Australians, bringing incredible perspective to the overwhelming civil rights tension in the US.

The march, a culmination of this tension, saw roughly 250,000 people (a quarter of them white) turn up to fight for more meaningful civil rights legislation, including the end of segregation in schools, laws against police brutality and racial discrimination, a raising of the minimum wage, and stronger systems in place to provide jobs.

The event was filled with musical performances and speeches; all of them now overshadowed by King’s history-changing words.

Revisit this historic moment below, and tell us: what are your memories of King’s speech? Did you watch the news as it unfolded? And did you expect it, at the time, to make such an incredible mark on history?



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  1. I Have a Dream in my opinion will be the most remembered speech in modern history. I wish I had known such a great man.

  2. I was ten then but still remember that well. To think in the past 52 years nothing much has changed in the U.S.A as far as gunning people down in the street today.

  3. I was so moved by the speech and cried as I listened. I have never come to terms with why man is so subhuman in its treatment of some sections of its family.

  4. He is still Dreaming Today, if You wait for politicians to change Anything, it will never happen!!!!!!!!

  5. I watched this march and his speech and was in tears at the end. Apparently he had a prepared speech but put it aside and ad libbed this now famous and heart-felt speech. I wonder what he would think of the world today. A remarkable man, sadly missed.

  6. Still makes my hair stand on end. Even knowing it was plagiarism. His impassioned delivery!!!! And here we are still dreaming. Some changes but not enough.

  7. Sbs had a great doco wed the freedom riders.the true story of people black and white riding busses to deep south.they were beaten.busses set on fire.arrested.but they persisted

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