Excerpt 1 - I Have a Dream - Excerpt 1
Five score years ago, ... a shameful condition.

OUR WORDS - Even after a hundred years of the so called freedom (signing of the Emancipation Proclamation), African Americans are still not free.

Excerpt 2 - I Have a Dream -- Excerpt 2
In a sense ... the security of justice.

OUR WORDS - When the founders of America wrote the Declaration and the Constitution, they intended to provide everyone, even black men, with the opportunity for liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness. They haven't provided this with us and we feel we deserve what we were once promised.

Excerpt 3 - I Have a Dream -- Excerpt 3
We have also come ... Now is the time.

OUR WORDS - We need to take action now.

Excerpt 4 - I Have a Dream -- Excerpt 4
But there is something ... soul force.

OUR WORDS - We must not be violent.

Excerpt 5 - I Have a Dream -- Excerpt 5
The marvelous new militancy ... We cannot turn back.

OUR WORDS - We can't hold grudges against whites, so we must work together with whites in the movement.

Excerpt 6 - I Have a Dream -- Excerpt 6
There are those ... like a mighty stream."

OUR WORDS - We will only be satisfied when we are equal.

Excerpt 7 - I Have a Dream - Excerpt 7
And so even though ... I have a dream today!

OUR WORDS - I have a dream that one day in our nation everyone will be equal.

Excerpt 8 - I Have a Dream - Excerpt 8

And this will be the day ... we are free at last!

OUR WORDS - We want freedom everywhere.


If we didn't get to it in class, watch 16th Street to see what happened right after the March.
The bombing of a church in Birmingham. This made people furious because four little girls were in the church then. It made people want equal rights even more than they had wanted them before it that is possible.


Read the essay from **TIME 100 - Martin Luther King** . As you do, respond to the following questions
Why does the author feel that whites owe King the greatest debt?
For everything King did to free African Americans.

Was King "the right man at the right time"?
King was the right man at the right time. King led the movement to succes. "It is impossible to think of the movement unfolding as it did without him at its helm."

Would King be upset with the current use of his most often quoted line? Why or why not?Yes, Martin Luther King's most famous quote, "I have a dream that my four little children will ..." has been used in such ways that he would have never endorsed.


There are many memorials to King around the United States, and there will soon be a new one in Washington D.C.! Check out some of the links below, and look at the video of the new National Memorial.

Washington, DC, **Martin Luther King** Jr. National **Memorial**

The King Center

**Martin Luther King** Jr National Historic Site

Some King historical sites from Taft's travels
Some King historical video from Taft's travels