On August 28th, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered one of the world’s most iconic speeches. It targeted major human rights violations occurring in the United States, where African-Americans have been subject to violence, racism, and inequality. The speech has reverberated in many communities, cities, and countries. It is still celebrated today as people contemplate the life of Dr. King as well as continued efforts to combat racial inequality.

After listening to the speech, read the transcript.


  • What part of the speech do you find to be most powerful?
  • Are there any parts that were difficult to understand?
  • Can you identify phrases or words that are no longer in use today?