50 years ago, Martin Luther King had a dream:
“I say to you today, my friends, 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. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”
With “I Have a Dream,” undoubtedly the most well-known speech of the 20th century, Martin Luther King Jr. expressed his desire for blacks and whites to live together in harmony. An African-American Baptist preacher from Atlanta, Dr. King played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement and in non-violent protests for African-American rights. He was the figurehead for the struggle, which led to the adoption of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, banning segregation based on race, sex, religion, color or national origin.
That same year, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize. On April 4, 1968, he was assassinated by a white segregationist on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.
What about Dr. King’s dream?
We will witness the preparations for the events of August 28, 1963 and relive the “I Have a Dream” speech through James Blue’s film The March. Broadcasting of the April 24, 1960 episode of Premier Plan, hosted by René Lévesque, who provides an overview of the black uprising in the American South (Production: Radio-Canada).