The text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most famous speech, known as the "I Have A Dream," can be found on many websites about Dr. King and civil rights, including MLK Online, DrMartinLutherKingJr.com and American Rhetoric. He delivered the speech at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963.Continue Reading
DrMartinLutherKingJr.com and American Rhetoric also provide audio recordings of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. MLK Online offers both audio and video recordings of the speech as well as 17 other speeches delivered by Dr. King, including his last speech, "I See the Promised Land," also known as "I've Been to the Mountain Top."
Dr. King worked on the "I Have a Dream" speech for several days before the March on Washington. Ten minutes after he began speaking, he strayed from what he had written and improvised. He had used the "I Have a Dream" theme during previous speeches made that year, even two weeks earlier at a civil rights gathering in Detroit. Although Dr. King's speech is largely recognized as one of the greatest of all time, it was mostly forgotten after he delivered it. After his death in 1968, recordings of the speech were replayed and printed, gaining increased attention year after year.Learn more about US History