I Have a Dream Speech
From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing "I Have a Dream" speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.” On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation's history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson's magificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation's past.
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Martin Luther King, Jr: I Have a Dream Speech
What is the significance of Dr. King's use of the phrase, "Five score years ago..." and his reference to the Emancipation Proclamation?
Why does Dr. King state that America wrote "the Negro people a bad check"?
Based on the highlighted passage, which of the following statements about Dr. King was true at the time of this speech?
"No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until 'justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.'"Considering his personal background, what text is Dr. King quoting in the highlighted sentence?
"With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope."Based on the context of the highlighted sentence, which of the following is an appropriate synonym for the word, "hew"?
Dr. King's "I Have a Dream Speech" is considered one of the most important moments in the Civil Rights Movement. What do you think Dr. King would say about the state of equality and justice in today's society? Cite evidence from his speech and current national events to support your claims.
Now that you've read the speech, click the link below to watch the video of this speech as Dr. King delivered it. As you watch the video, pay attention to the rhythm and pacing that Dr. King uses as he speaks and notice the audience's reaction to specific parts of the speech. Are there times when Dr. King's oration sounds as much like a poem as it does a speech? How does this add to its influence? (This annotation contains a video)