Delivered August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Take a few moments today to reflect on these words, appreciate where we began, how far the Nation has come in fifty years, and the road ahead.
Originally I had printed the words to Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in this space, however, one of the greatest speeches of the 20th Century is not free--it's copyrighted and the copyright is vigorously enforced by Reverend King's Estate. I had to take it down. I'm sorry, but licenses to use the speech can run media outlets into the thousands. You'll have to use your imagination--or you can buy a copy of the speech for $20 from the King Center. I'm not the only person that appreciates the irony of this--see the article in Washington Post.
So I'm sorry I couldn't share his words here--perhaps one day that speech will be "free at last."
Todd E. Creason is an author and novelist whose work includes the award-winning non-fiction historical series Famous American Freemasons and the novels One Last Shot (2011) and A Shot After Midnight (2012). He's currently working on the third novel Shot to Hell which will be released in Spring 2014.