“I Have a Dream” speech


Today if you visit the Google.com search engine homepage you will find the “I Have a Dream” speech Google Doodle. The Doodle was inspired by the “I Have a Dream” speech made by Martin Luther King on the 28th of August 1963.

I have a dream speech


Martin Luther King have made the speech in 1963 during a Civil Rights March in Washington D.C. United States of America. Today there are raging several debates on Google+, Facebook and Twitter about the speech and how effective this speech have been to end racism in the USA. There is of course debate about if racism is still indeed a problem in the USA.

From a South African perspective where Racism have effectively ended in 1994 in South Africa I believe that the “I have a dream” speech have had far reaching effect that Americans may not be aware of, I believe that the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King had a great impact on South African’s and were the spark on the fire to end racism in South Africa and eventually leading to a free and democratic country.

In the “I Have a Dream” speech he called for an end to racism in the United States. Delivered to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the speech was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.

The speech was ranked the top American speech of the 20th century by a 1999 poll of scholars of public address.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was partly intended to demonstrate mass support for the civil rights legislation proposed by President Kennedy in June. King and other leaders therefore agreed to keep their speeches calm, also, to avoid provoking the civil disobedience which had become the hallmark of the civil rights movement. King originally designed his speech as a homage to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, timed to correspond with the 100-year centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“I have a Dream” Speech Video

You can watch the “I have a Dream” Speech below for more about the Martin Luther King I have a Dream Speech

“I Have a Dream” speech Google Doodle

In the Google Doodle “I have a Dream” speech doodle one can see what looks like Martin Luther King talking to thousands of people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. When looking at the google doodle more closely “Martin Luther King” may easily be mistaken for “Barack Obama” either way I believe that Martin Luther King would have been real happy today if he could see that America had its first Black President and that his “I Have a Dream” speech may have contributed to Barack Obama becoming the first Black American President.

Also worthy to note about today’s I have a Dream Speech Google doodle, is that parts of the Martin Luther king I have a dream speech are written on the background of the Google Doodle.