On Aug. 28, 1963 — standing at a podium in front of a crowd of over 200,000 people of all ages, nationalities, and races — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for America.
With his thunderous voice and undeniable charisma, King spoke those monumental words: "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."
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood."
"I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice."
The day before, volunteers worked tirelessly to prepare signs for the rally, expecting only about 100,000 supporters to attend. To the right, deputy organizer of the march, Bayard Rustin, talks about the upcoming rally with activist and friend Cleveland Robinson.
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
"I have a dream..."
King went on, "One day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."
"I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight."
"And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
Temperatures soared to a humid 87 degrees — but still, the determined marchers carried on. To right, a young woman suffering from heat exhaustion is carried away by a police officer.