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Thursday, August 28, 2014

August 28: “I Have a Dream” Speech

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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963.

I Have a Dream


  • computer access


  1. This activity is targeted toward older elementary school children.
  2. Let kids watch the video in the link below (or just listen to the audio).
  3. What is their reaction? Do they know who Martin Luther King, Jr. was? Do they know why he was important? What was so important about this speech?
  4. Because this runs more than 17 minutes, consider playing just a snipet of the speech or break it in chunks and have kids discuss it.
  5. Even without knowing the historical context of the speech and why it was significant, kids can analyze why King was a good speaker. What does he do to get the audience excited? What words and phrases does he emphasize? How does he use his voice? His face? His body language?
  6. For more information and activities regarding King, check out

”I Have a Dream” speech

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