Blueprint JD is DC-based so we are in a celebratory mood. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Inauguration Day have us downright giddy. Though, as an advice blog, we are focused on the future, we are equally aware of the need to remember and reflect upon the past. In light of the holiday, which was first recognized in 1986 and designated a national day of service in 1994, we share with you a few thoughts of the slain civil rights activist. Had he lived, he would have turned 84.
I Have a Dream Speech
Delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, the iconic “I Have Dream” speech is one of the enduring moments of the Civil Rights Movement. What may surprise you is that the end of Dr. King’s speech, where he expounds upon his dream, is improvised. One of the top speeches of the 20th Century, it deserves a second and third listen.
The full text of the I Have a Dream speech is available courtesy of ABC News.
The Frank McGee Sunday Report: Martin Luther King Profile
In this May 7, 1967 interview Dr. King discusses the state of the civil rights movement, and his then controversial stance against the Vietnam War.
The symbol behind Dr. King was used by the freedom Chicago Open Housing Movement, which he helped lead from 1965 to 1967.
What is your favorite Dr. King speech or writing? Let us know in the comments.