Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)

Illustration by Bryan Collier.Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968)
by Jacqueline L. Harris
Coauthor, Marching to Freedom: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

“I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream…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.”

These were the words of Martin Luther King Jr., a black Baptist minister, speaking at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the largest civil rights rally in the history of the United States. More than 200,000 people filled the grassy area around the monument on that sizzling August day in 1963. Since that day the words “I have a dream” have become the symbol of Martin Luther King Jr., and his nonviolent efforts to secure justice for black Americans.

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