March on Washington – 50th Anniversary – Dr. Martin Luther King Shared His Dream (Video)

March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream Speech"

March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream Speech”

Dear Readers,

Today – I hope you might be a Dear Listener.

If it’s been a while since you last heard a recording of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, or if you’ve never heard it – this 18 minute YouTube presentation is very good quality and has a nice opening crowd-singing touch.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, (historical information link below my signature).

The ‘dream’ part of his speech almost didn’t happen – it was not written into the text.

““Mahalia Jackson, … … at King’s side during the speech — Jackson prompted King to veer into an unscripted passage she might’ve heard him deliver in earlier appearances.

““He was just reading, and she just shouted to him, ‘Tell them about the dream, Martin. Tell them about the dream,’” said Clarence Jones, an attorney and adviser to King who had contributed to King’s text.

““I was standing about 50 feet behind him, to the right and to the rear, and I watched him — this is all happening in real time — just take the text of his speech and move it to the left side of the lectern, grab the lectern and look out.” ” Source:

And so he did.

Dr. King shared a dream worthy of being heard and shared by all humanity. The Rally had a full program, others spoke well on the political-economic issues.

In the footage, up to about 11 minutes, it’s obvious Dr. King is referring to a written text. Then footage shifts to crowd for a little over a minute. By the time we see Dr. King again, he has launched his dream speech – footage shows a marked shift in body language and style as he shares his powerful message.

Martin Luther King – I Have a Dream Speech – August 28, 1963.

A universal dream – may we use it as a touchstone.  –MaggieAnn.

See also: March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (Wikipedia).

See also: “Lions and Lambs – a Call for ‘Extreme’ Idealism

See also: “Reclaiming Our Humanity – Follow-up on Oklahoma Shooting Death of Australian Exchange Student


About maggieannthoeni

A description once given of me was "rooted in the earth while roaming the stars" - and this has felt 'right'. I believe in something akin to this for each of us. I am a passionate supporter of discovering the autonomous self while serving the whole as primary intent. I believe in discovery of innate principles, clearing the overlay of socialization that obscures this from us. I believe it is our responsibility to leave no one behind - most particularly to respond to suffering as best we can whereever we find it, whenever we are made aware. I believe in this for the insect as well as the most magnificent form of humanity. I believe in brother/sisterhood without boundary. I believe in righteous indignation when it is appropriate, but do not believe in an enemy. I believe in consciousness, in intelligence, in logic, in rationality, in emotion, in transcendence - and am convinced until we generally practice explore and honor all this in ourselves, we remain profoundly immature. (I believe real maturity is known and practiced by many young children, and not enough adults!)
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