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Historic Aug. 28 Anniversary: A Look At Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

Andrew Young reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which was given on Aug. 28, 1963.
Andrew Young reflects on Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, which was given on Aug. 28, 1963.
Credit Lisa Rayam / WABE

Aug. 28, 1963.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech before a racially mixed crowd of thousands.

One of King’s closest confidantes, Andrew Young — a civil right activist, former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador — was in the nation’s capital that day.

“Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam met with Young at his Atlanta office and asked him to reflect on the speech King used that day to establish a foundation for racial equality, civility and economic equity.

Rayam asked Young if, in 2019, the dream has fallen on deaf ears.

Read Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in its entirety, here.