King's "I Have A Dream" speech centered on freedom and the pursuit of justice. Other great moments in the United States' history have promised freedom—the signing of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation—and King's speech urged African Americans to rise up and cash in these promissory notes in a nonviolent manner.
Every year around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the news media start quoting his “I Have A Dream” speech. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a great speech – certainly one of the best ever given in the cause of civil rights.
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