50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" Speech
On August 28, 1963, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his soul-stirring speech, "I Have a Dream" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
The King Center has the full transcript of Dr. King's speech online. Or, you can watch a video of the speech. The National Park Service also has information on the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, and the MLK Memorial in Washington DC.
PBS presented The March, a retrospective of the March on Washington.
President Barack Obama delivered a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC on August 28, 2013 to commemorate the "I Have a Dream" speech.
The Trust for the National Mall outlines events in Washington DC honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., including an exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery and the Major Civil Rights Sites Trail.
Looking for ideas on how to incorporate this anniversary into the classroom? EdSiteMent from the National Endowment for the Humanities has multiple featured lessons and websites to review, and Random House has a teacher's guide that gives background information and thematic connections, ideas for the classroom, and vocabulary. The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago also has the lesson I Have a Dream: A Civil Conversation available online for free.
For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel (608) 266-2207