I Have a Dream

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’"

On August 28, 1963—49 years ago today—Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a 17-minute public speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking out on the Washington Monument to 200,000 civil rights supporters where he called for racial equality and an end to discrimination.

This historical event, now known as “I Have a Dream Speech,” has been commemorated with an inscription on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial from which King delivered his speech. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial was opened to the public just last year in Washington, D.C. and is within the Lincoln Memorial’s sightline.