FIFTY years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a civil rights march on Washington and the world heard his “I Have a Dream” speech for the first time.
It may be the most famous speech of the 20th century.
The event was attended by more than 200,000. Among those present: a planeload of stars from Hollywood, including Marlon Brando, Harry Belafonte and Charlton Heston.
Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Marian Anderson were King’s opening acts.
King was the last of 16 speakers. At first his delivery was unremarkable. Then
singer Mahalia Jackson, standing near him, spontaneously shouted: ”Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
He paused, and then produced one of the defining speeches of the 20th century..