The Story (You Probably Didn’t Know) Behind Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered an iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial in what has become the “greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” King boldly spoke truth regarding racial injustice in America, and it ended up playing a pivotal role in the civil rights movement.

But what few know is that the legendary 16-minute speech that has gone down in history was never really supposed to happen. In fact, King had a completely different speech prepared—before somebody in the audience prompted him to talk about his “Dream.”

Watch the video below to find out how the famous “I Have a Dream” speech really came to fruition 58 years ago:

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