The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

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It was a sweltering eighty-seven degrees when Martin Luther King Jr. took the stage at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. He was the final speaker after a long day. The crowd, which numbered in the tens of thousands, had begun to leave. King took a deep breath and threw back his shoulders. ‘I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.'—From the Introduction

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful “I Have a Dream Speech” on August 28, 1963. Fifty years later, the speech endures as a defining moment in the civil rights movement. It continues to be heralded as a beacon in the ongoing struggle for racial equality. This gripping book unearths the fascinating chronicle behind “The Speech” and the revealing events surrounding the March on Washington.

Gary Younge is a columnist for The Guardian and The Nation. His books include Who are We, Should it Matter In the 21st Century and No Place Like Home, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Events

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August 7, 2013 Oakland, CA
August 8, 2013 San Francisco, CA
August 24, 2013 Washington, DC
August 26, 2013 Chicago, IL
August 28, 2013 Chicago, IL
August 29, 2013 Decatur, GA
September 12, 2013 Brooklyn, NY
September 13, 2013 New York, NY
October 1, 2013 Boston, MA
October 3, 2013 Madison, WI
November 1, 2013 NY, NY
November 18, 2013 Shepherdstown, WV
February 18, 2014 Macon, GA
February 20, 2014 Atlanta, GA
February 27, 2014 Phoenix, AZ
February 28, 2014 Phoenix, AZ
March 20, 2014 Columbus, OH
September 8, 2014 Los Angeles, CA
September 9, 2014 Los Angeles,, CA