'I Have A Dream': 50 years since Martin Luther King's iconic speech changed history

African American and white students sit on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the march in Washington. A student holds the 'Washington Afro-American' newspaper; its front-page headline reads: "They're Pouring in From All Over!." (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

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It is 50 years since Martin Luther King delivered his 'I Have A Dream' speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. The iconic oration was one of the defining moments of the 20th century and a turning point in the civil rights movement in America. At least 250,000 activists marched to the Lincoln Memorial and heard King's speech where he famously repeated the phrase 'I have a dream' eight times, spelling out his idea for his country where black and white Americans could live together freely and equally.

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