August 28, 1963 was a day that has gone down in history. Martin Luther King delivered a speech at the Great March on Washington. It is called “I Have A Dream” and it becomes so famous that we still know it today.
Martin Luther King was born in 1929 in South America. He later became a pastor and campaigned for all people to have the same rights, regardless of their skin color and religion. Luther King was himself black and as a child he had to experience that blacks did not have the same rights as whites back then.
Rosa Parks is arrested on the bus
In 1955 Rosa Parks began a bus boycott. During this time, blacks had to sit in the back of buses. Rosa Parks, however, sat across from her and refused to leave her seat when a white man tried to sit there. She then she boycotted the law. For this she was arrested. But her action also caused a stir and many people started discussing racial segregation.
The speech became famous all over the world
The march in Washington had around 250,000 participants who had traveled from all over the United States. They wanted to demonstrate better working conditions for blacks. Incidentally, one in five of the demonstrations were white.
At this demonstration Martin Luther King gave his “I Have A Dream” speech. In it he said he had a dream that one day his four young children will live in a country where they are judged not by the color of their skin but by their character.
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