I Have A Dream Minus the Notes

Posted: January 16, 2012 in Uncategorized
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On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC and delivered his now famous, I Have a Dream speech.  In a 1999 poll this speech was considered the greatest American speech in the 20th century.

What you may not know is that Martin Luther King, Jr. had a prepared speech already scripted.  At the end (around the 12 minute mark in this video) he departs from his notes and begins to speak from his heart.  Many believe it was prompted by Mahalia Jackson who was standing behind him who said, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”  And what came next has gone done in history as one of the most definitive and important speeches in the civil rights movement.

And as a preacher, it is also a reminder and evidence that sometimes – it is the unscripted message from the heart that is the most powerful, passionate, and convicting.

  1. david says:

    I get goose bumps every time I listen to this speech.

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