Description: Topic One – The Biblical Roots of “I Have a Dream”
It was this day in 1963 that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It electrified the nation and King’s prophetic utterances started the long overdue process of changing America's idea of itself. His words would enter the American lexicon, galvanizing the civil rights movement, becoming a touchstone for all that the country might someday achieve. We look at the speech, examining it on various levels: as a political treatise, a work of poetry, and as a masterfully delivered and improvised sermon bursting with biblical language and imagery.