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: NOLA.com.
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: “Lions and Lambs – a Call for ‘Extreme’ Idealism”