I Have a Dream: Celebrating the Vision of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., three-quarter length portrait, standing, facing front,
Photo caption

Martin Luther King, Jr., at a press conference

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection
(August 27, 2013)

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leading force in the drive for civil rights in the United States, and he showed through words and actions that non-violent, persistent activism can achieve tremendous results by appealing to the moral conscience of Americans.

As the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech—delivered on August 28, 1963 at the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” —EDSITEment, NEH’s educational website, offers lesson plans and recordings to introduce students to the civil rights movement and the “I Have a Dream” speech.

EDSITEment has a number of resources, activities, and lesson plans to help teachers, students, parents, and caregivers understand the impact Dr. King had — and continues to have — upon our country and the global efforts towards peace and civil rights. Read more.