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

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Civil rights demonstrators gather at the Washington Monument grounds before noon. The marchers paraded to the Lincoln Memorial, seen in the far background at right, where Martin Luther King delivered his speech. He was the sixteenth speaker on the day but his speech defined the march and galvanised the civil rights movement (Photo by Bob Burchette / The Washington Post) (AP Photo)

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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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