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Watch Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" Speech Today

Grant Garrison

August 28, 2013

Because it's important to remember - him, the people who marched and risked their lives with him, the ideals he lifted us all up to more closely realize, the violence that ended his life and so many others fighting for their civil rights, the legacy this leaves all of us to fulfill our potential. And because it's beautiful and brings tears to my eyes every time.

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  • Paul Chenoweth

    This is such an amazing an inspirational speech. There is a timeless quality to this that leads me to hear something new every time I hear it...even though the root of the message has not changed.

    • Grant Garrison

      Couldn't agree more, Paul. I feel the same about his final speech in Memphis.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    It's amazing that Obama is now going to stand in that same place today. Seeing all those people in the crowd is so inspiring. It's just sad that today, some of what King says still holds true regarding racism as well as people of color's state of poverty and opportunities. I love that he says, "...this is no time to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism." I feel like although progress takes time, sometimes taking the step to do something immediately - and standing for something just as King did, in the moment, is key to getting things done. Not waiting for progress- but making progress happen, in your own way. I wonder what it was like organizing this march without social media. Here is some interesting history about King's trusted adviser, Bayard Rustin, who organized the march in just two months: