Words That Changed the World: MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech Turns 50

Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963.

Indian Country Today

Today marks 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.

Gave one of the most recognized speeches in history to a crowd of more than 250,000 and protesters marched on Washington, D.C. demanding passage of meaningful civil rights legislation.

The Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964 and ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination. That act was followed by the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968.

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Do King’s words still ring true today? And do they apply to Native Americans?

“I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,’” he said in his 1963 speech.

Read the entire speech at the National Archives.

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