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"I Have a Dream" is a 17-minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963, in which he called for an end to racism in the United States. The speech, delivered to over 200,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

Civil Rights March, Washington, D.C. 1963.

A day after the 1963 March on Washington, The Washington Post ran the demonstration as the centerpiece story but does not mention the day's most iconic moment, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Learn more about the civil rights movement and the media at the Newseum:

On August 28, 1963, 200,000 people participate in a peaceful civil rights rally in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial.