"I Have a Dream" Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressing the crowd at the Civil Rights March 8/28/1963 (US National Archives)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressing the crowd at the Civil Rights March 8/28/1963 (US National Archives)


History.com Biography of Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986. (History.com)


"I Have a Dream" Speech, Martin Luther King Jr. - Aug. 28, 1963

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr., delivered a speech to a massive group of civil rights marchers gathered around the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom brought together the nations most prominent civil rights leaders, along with tens of thousands of marchers, to press the United States government for equality. The culmination of this event was the influential and most memorable speech of Dr. King's career. Popularly known as the "I have a Dream" speech, the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. influenced the Federal government to take more direct actions to more fully realize racial equality. (National Archives)

Full Text - I have a Dream Speech


Pres. Reagan's Address on Martin Luther King's Birthday from the Oval Office - Jan. 15, 1987

This item is a video recording of President Ronald Reagan delivering an address on Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday. This address to the nation's high school students was about the accomplishments of Dr. King in the Civil Rights Movement and urged students to stand up against racism.

Full Title: President Reagan's Address to the Nation's High School Students on Martin Luther King's Jr. Birthday from the Oval Office, January 15, 1987

Creator(s): President (1981-1989 : Reagan). White House Television Office. 1/20/1981-1/20/1989 (Most Recent)

Series: Video Recordings, 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989 Collection: Records of the White House Television Office (WHTV) (Reagan Administration), 1/20/1981 - 1/20/1989


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