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Things You Might Not Know About MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. And, for many people, the day is intensely personal.

Historic images and audio from Martin Luther King Jr.’s electrifying address

Martin_Luther_King_-_March_on_WashingtonI recently talked with some of those who were there that steamy day a half-century ago. (Here’s the story I wrote about them for the AARP Bulletin.) Among them: a woman who, as a young girl, was captured in a photograph that has become an icon of the march; the former U.S. Park Service ranger who stood next to King; a loyal aide to King who endured beatings during the civil rights era; and a woman who released herself that day from the bonds of racial hatred.

While King’s speech has become indelibly imprinted in America’s consciousness, here are a few things you might not know about it:


Photo: National Archives and Records Administration


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