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I Have a Dream Speech: Introduction
I Have a Dream Speech: Plot Summary
I Have a Dream Speech: Detailed Summary & Analysis
I Have a Dream Speech: Themes
I Have a Dream Speech: Quotes
I Have a Dream Speech: Characters
I Have a Dream Speech: Symbols
I Have a Dream Speech: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Historical Context of I Have a Dream Speech
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- Full Title: “I Have a Dream”
- When Written: Early 1960s
- When Published: King delivered versions of “I Have a Dream” in North Carolina in 1962 and in Detroit in June of 1963 before delivering the definitive version of the speech at the March on Washington on August 28th, 1963
- Literary Period: civil rights movement
- Genre: Speech, religious sermon
- Climax: King begins calling for freedom to ring out across America, from the “mighty mountains of New York” to the “molehill[s] of Mississippi”
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for I Have a Dream Speech
Ringing Into the Future. On August 28th, 2013—the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington—thousands of people gathered on the mall in Washington D.C. where King delivered his iconic speech to celebrate and commemorate the occasion. President Barack Obama spoke at the gathering. Obama paid homage to King while reminding those in attendance that King’s dream was still not yet complete, and that the work of justice and anti-racism is complex and ongoing.