Thousands of Americans have attended rallies in the USA to remember one of the world’s greatest speeches which occurred 50 years ago.
Wednesday the 28th August, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech in front of thousands on the National Mall.
We remember this speech today on the 29th August as this was the day it occurred in New Zealand.
The speech is known as the ‘I have a dream’ speech. ”
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” is perhaps the most remembered, or oft-recited, line from the oration.
The speech highlighted a number of racial issues that were part of America in the 1960’s. His speech sparked a movement of equal rights and justice for all Americans.
For the full text of King’s speech, click here.
When King made his speech black people in America were treated unfairly.
In some parts of the country they weren’t allowed to use the same schools, diners, cinemas or even public toilets as white people.
Fifty years on from that famous speech, America has its first black president, but race is still a sensitive topic and some people question if anything has changed.
Today more than 25% of black Americans live in poverty: double the proportion of their white counterparts.
In the video below the ‘I have a dream section starts at just after 12 minutes.
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