Today in History: August 28, 1963

King Gives ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The following year, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 will be enacted, and King will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to achieve racial justice through nonviolence. A national holiday honoring King will be established in 1983 and first observed in 1986.