Martin Luther King

I have a dream

“I Have a Dream.” On the 28th of August, 1963, in front of a crowd of over 250,000 people, Martin Luther King said the words that impressed the United States and the World. But the iconic phrase almost wasn’t included in his speech.

Martin Luther King’s “dream,” a theme that had already been addressed in previous speeches, was not in the text carefully prepared by the activist. Given the reaction of the crowd, the activist decided not to stick to the piece of paper; it was time to improvise.

The three major American channels broadcast the march in defense of civil rights and equality. An emission that also arrived to the White House. “He’s damned good. Damned good,” the President is supposed to have said.

After the speech, Martin Luther King walked down the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial not only as an activist for civil rights; he had become an icon.