During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave what has become one of the most famous speeches in American history. While addressing the crowd of 250,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial, King deviated from his planned speech.
"I have a dream," he said, "that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’" He continued on to talk about his hopes for the country in the future.
The year following the legendary speech was a big year for the civil rights movement. The 24th Amendment was ratified, abolishing poll taxes. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “which prohibited racial discrimination in employment and education and outlawed racial segregation in public facilities.” And in October of 1964 Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The photo above is from the African American Museum in Philadelphia’s PastPerfect-Online collection. In it King is seen giving a speech at a rally at 49th and Lancaster Aves. in Philadelphia, circa 1965.