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I have a Dream by Martin Luther King

My Dear Students, 
The  speech that you are going to read and hear is a  17-minute public speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered on August 28, 1963. 

Martin Luther King called for racial equality and an end to discrimination. The speech, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, was a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement.
This  speech is powerful and sometimes difficult for the non-native speaker as Martin Luther King’s language is full of images and metaphors. But Isabel Salinas and myself (María Zabala Peña) did not want  this to prevent you from listening and understanding one of the most powerful speeches of the 20th  the century.

Take your time to study the vocabulary before you listen to the vibrating voice of Martin Luther King. Then, as usually, answer the questions below.

To download the text,  and vocabulary  go HERE

If you want to study the speech  further,  refer to  this French Page, by Michel Barbot
Thanks to my colleague  Estefena Medrano for providing me with the link to Mr. Barbot's page.


1. Martin Luther King mentions some of the most powerful moments of American history.
1.a. Do you know what these refer to?

  • a great American
  • Constitution
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Declaration of Independence
1. b. How have the historical events in 1.a. shaped our lives today?

2. Martin Luther King says “This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism”

What do you understand by this sentence?

3. "And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.”

You have heard this expression many times. What does it mean?

4. Martin Luther King is one of the most important icons of people fighting against injustice. Can you think of others? Explain why they are so relevant.

Questions by Isabel Salinas and myself, María Zabala Peña

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