The famous ‘I have a dream’ speech was delivered on August 28, 1963 at approximately 3pm in Washington. Just outside the Lincoln Memorial, the audience were the approximately quarter of a million people taking part in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Here’s my favourite commemoration so far, from the BBC Radio 4 programme ‘I Have a Dream’, in which famous figures read out portions of the famous speech and give their own interviews on how the speech affected their lives. Here are the links:
- King’s speech re-read with the help of famous figures: ‘I have a dream’ revisited
- Interviews: Interviews with the contributors
My favourites are the ones by Stevie Wonder, the Dalai Lama, and Mary Robinson!
If you had an audience of 250,000 people and knew your speech would be studied for the next 50 years – what would you write about?