Today In History- August 28

Today In History- August 28 - Stories


MLK Jr. addresses thousands at Lincoln Memorial in historic civil rights meeting.

  • Washington D.C., USA

In one of the most important events in the struggle for American civil rights, on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed nearly 250,000 people, giving his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.  The march began as a political rally for racial harmony, began by A. Philip Randolph, International President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.  Dr. Martin Luther King presented this speech in a manner similar to that of a Baptist preacher, while also citing several prominent American documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation.  Using several biblical and metaphorical allusions, Dr. King envisioned a society where black and white people could exist harmoniously.  It is among the most famous speeches ever given.