How King improvised on his famous 'Dream' speech | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How King improvised on his famous 'Dream' speech

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 7:09 AM

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The papers are full of material about the march on Washington 50 years ago and Martin Luther King's famous speech. If you missed Ernie Dumas' reminiscence yesterday of attending the march, be sure to check it out.

This, too, is good reading. Drew Hansen, who's written a book about the speech, has an op-ed in the New York Times about King's preparation for the speech and how encouragement from Mahalia Jackson prompted him to use the "dream" metaphor he had worked into earlier speeches on the civil rights trail, but never so eloquently and memorably. 

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