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Martin Luther King on I Have a Dream on August 28, 1963 Full Speech (Transcript)

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Full text of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  on the famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the Civil Rights rally on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. Below are the MP3 audio of the speech and the associated transcript in full.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

Introducing speaker:

I have the pleasure to present to you Dr. Martin Luther King.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Civil Rights leader

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

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