Fifty years ago this week, the historic March on Washington took place where the Reverend Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. What many don’t know is that the second half of that speech – the” I Have a Dream” part – was improvised. When famed Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson shouted out: “Tell Them About the Dream, Martin,” Dr. King departed from is prepared remarks and launched into those soaring passages known to almost every school child today. Here is a fascinating account of the story behind the speech recently published by the New York Times. You may also want to view this ABC interview with Dr. Clarence Jones, an attorney who crafted the prepared part of Dr. King’s address.
Posted: August 30, 2013