Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.
C., the speech was a defining moment of the civil rights movement and among the most iconic speeches in American history.
King also is said to have used portions of Prathia Hall's speech at the site of a burned-down African American church in Terrell County, Georgia, in September 1962, in which she used the repeated phrase "I have a dream".).
He also alludes to the opening lines of Shakespeare's Richard III ("Now is the winter of our discontent / Made glorious summer ...") when he remarks that "this sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn ..." Voice merging is the combining of one's own voice with religious predecessors.
27, [12 hours before the march] Martin still didn't know what he was going to say".
Leading up to the speech's rendition at the Great March on Washington, King had delivered its "I have a dream" refrains in his speech before 25,000 people in Detroit's Cobo Hall immediately after the 125,000-strong Great Walk to Freedom in Detroit, June 23, 1963.Thus, the rhetoric of the speech provides redemption to America for its racial sins.King describes the promises made by America as a "promissory note" on which America has defaulted.Other occasions include "One hundred years later", "We can never be satisfied", "With this faith", "Let freedom ring", and "free at last".King was the sixteenth out of eighteen people to speak that day, according to the official program. Representative John Lewis, who also spoke that day as the president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, "Dr.King had been preaching about dreams since 1960, when he gave a speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) called "The Negro and the American Dream".This speech discusses the gap between the American dream and reality, saying that overt white supremacists have violated the dream, and that "our federal government has also scarred the dream through its apathy and hypocrisy, its betrayal of the cause of justice"."I Have a Dream" is a public speech that was delivered by American civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, in which he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States.On November 27, 1962, King gave a speech at Booker T.Washington High School in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.