Monday, January 21, 2008

With This Faith We Will ... Work Together

I had today off, and I'm taking tomorrow off, too.

It seemed only right that since MLK gave me the day off, I should spend ten minutes listening to the speech that, according to Wikipedia, "was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address."

Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963. President Kennedy had expressed anxiety to his closest advisors that, if there wasn't a large turnout for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it would set back his efforts to push a Civil Rights bill through Congress. The president's fears were allayed when over two hundred thousand supporters showed up.

1 comment:

Heather B. Moore said...

I love this speech.