‘I Have a Dream’ speech will be screened on MLK holiday

‘I Have a Dream’ speech will be screened on MLK holiday

Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech, Aug. 28, 1963.

The Black Law Students Association and Brandeis Law School Professor Marc Murphy invite you to attend a screening of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech, “I Have a Dream,” on the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

The screening will be held at 11:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 15, at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Participants should meet in the lobby to be directed to the theater.

Admission is free and includes a panel discussion following the screening and a tour of the center’s museum.

On Aug. 28, 1963, King delivered the “I Have a Dream” speech to an estimated 250,000 people gathered on the National Mall for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Recognized as the most influential speech of King’s career, it also is recognized as one of the most stirring examples of rhetoric in the English language. The speech put growing pressure on President John F. Kennedy and later his successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, to push civil rights laws through Congress and become recognized on a national level. The Civil Rights Act was signed into law by Johnson on July 2, 1964.