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Words from a Famous Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.—Speech

Leaders make speeches to tell about their ideas. Today we can still listen to or read important speeches that leaders gave long ago. In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr., gave an important speech in Washington, D.C. You can read part of his speech below.


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“We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.”

Excerpt from “I Have a Dream,” a speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr., in Washington, D.C., in 1963. ©The Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr.


Background

Martin Luther King, Jr., was a hero. He believed that everyone should live in peace and freedom. He worked hard to change laws that were unfair to African Americans. He wrote and gave speeches to inspire people to work to improve our country. He also led people when they marched together. We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on January 15.