Always worth remembering. This past Friday was the 46th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s famous speech, one of the great speeches in the English language. It’s particularly noteworthy that his “dream” portion of the speech was delivered extemporaneously. Near the end, after delivering the exhortation that, “We will not be satisfied until justice runs down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream,” King left his text and began to preach. The great gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, was sitting close by and urged him, “Tell `em about the dream, Martin.” And with that, he launched into his stirring finale.
Text of the speech – I have a dream today . . .
Taylor Branch has a wonderful description and analysis of the speech and the March in his Pulitzer Prize-winning history, “Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-1963,” the first of his trilogy on King and the Civil Rights Movement.