MLK's Original 'I Have A Dream' Speech

Friday, June 21, 2013

An illustration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Roberlan Borges/flickr)

Click on the audio player above to hear this interview.

We all know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech—it’s remembered nearly every January, when we celebrate the federal holiday dedicated to the civil rights activist. The speech, delivered at the 1963 March on Washington, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in August.

It turns out August 1963 wasn't the first time that King delivered that speech. A few months earlier, on June 23, Dr. King led more than 100,000 people in a march through Detroit - known as the Freedom Walk - where he gave his "I Have a Dream" speech for the first time.

Journalist Tony Brown, host of the online show "Tony Brown’s Journal," coordinated Dr. King’s 1963 Freedom Walk in Detroit and witnessed the original "Dream" speech. He discusses the original speech and his realization that the words he heard that day would become part of American history.

Click on the audio player above to hear about King's speech, and listen to the full version here.


Tony Brown

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer, Mythili Rao and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Ed from Larchmont

A possible literary pedigree: in Act IV of Ibsen's 'The wild duck' (1880s) Hialmar Ekdal, thinking of the invention he is working on, asks his wife:

'... what becomes of the breadwinner's dream?'

Langston Hughes asks (1950s, 1960s):

'What happens to a dream deferred?'

MLK responds more positively, 'I have a dream.' Sounds like his dream will be realized.

Jun. 21 2013 07:46 AM

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