50 Years Ago

One of the transformative moments in American history occurred on August 28, 1963.  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and spoke to roughly 250,000 people, calling for full civil rights for African-Americans. The "I Have a Dream Speech" is one of the pinnacles of American oratory, and as a statement of American ideals is second only to the Declaration of Independence. If you would like to know more about King and the Civil Rights Movement, we've got a number of books here at SPL. One of my personal favorites is The Struggle for Black Equality by Harvard Sitkoff.  You can find other books about the Civil Rights Movement under the call number 332.1196. You can find biographies of Rev. King in our biography section (books are arranged alphabetically by subject). Below is a video clip of this stirring day and of Rev. King giving the speech (or at least part of it):  

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