Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C., at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. While giving the speech, he was standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which occurred on Aug. 28, 1963, was a huge success. It galvanized the civil rights movements and brought pressure on the national government to pass the Civil Rights Act, which was languishing in a divided Congress. More than 200,000 people of many different races attended the rally. In 2003, officials unveiled an inscription on the step where Dr. King stood while giving his speech.