Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation by Drew D. Hansen (323 Han)

When Martin Luther King, Jr., stepped up to the microphone on August 28, 1963, 250,000 people filled the park in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Millions more were watching on television, as the networks covered the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom live on their evening news broadcasts. King looked out and thanked the crowd before beginning to read his prepared text. Other speakers of the day were limited to five minutes, but King was the last on the podium and the person that everyone had waited to hear. According to Drew D. Hanson in The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation, the crowd cheered and called for more as King read. After about ten minutes, he left the text and began preaching in the manner of the Baptist minister that he was. Among his words were “I have a dream.”

The Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Speech that Inspired a Nation is among the King books on display at the Thomas Ford reference desk.

Reviewed by Rick

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This entry was posted on January 15, 2011 by in Biography, Book Review, History, Non-Fiction.
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