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

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Martin Luther King, center front, marches for civil rights with his arms linked with other activists. The march and King's speech in particular, pressured Congress to pass through civil rights legislation which made African Americans more equal with their fellow countrymen.  (AP Photo, File)

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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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