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I Have a Dream…

Agosto 2014
Il 28 agosto 1963, Martin Luther King pronunciava il famoso discorso "I have a dream…", in cui esprimeva la speranza che un giorno la popolazione di colore avrebbe goduto degli stessi diritti dei bianchi. Un discorso simbolo della lotta contro il razzismo.

di Mark Worden

Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr

August 28th marks the anniversary of a major event. On that day in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. It was one of the most famous speeches of all time. King spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial to an estimated crowd of 250,000. The event was known  as “The Great March on Washington” or “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” King by saying, “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” And he was right. The following year the Civil Rights act was passed, while 1965 saw the Voting Rights Act. King himself was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

The date of August 28th is significant for the Civil Rights movement for another reason. On that day in 1955 a black teenager, Emmett Till, was brutally murdered in Mississippi (allegedly for having flirted with a white lady) and reactions to this helped galvanize the movement. Always in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, in order to give her place to a white man (to read our article about Rosa Parks click here)

A little known fact : August 28th is also an important day for motorbike fans: on that day in 1903 the Harley Davidson company was officially founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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