Draft of I Have a Dream



This version of Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech reveals important changes to ideas and phrases that Dr. King chose either to alter or omit completely the day he addressed the throng gathered before the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Dr. King's argument against the "normalcy" of bigotry remained a key message on the day he took the podium.

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Draft of I Have a Dream
Wednesday, August 28, 1963
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[Page 5] We must live with the very people from whom we [are?] denying our rights [denying?] our rights [To?] today the whirlwind of revolt are shaking our nation Then America will be the home of uncompromising loyalty to social justice Never again must our nation cast the mantle of its sanctity over the system of segregation Through our actions we will [suprend?] the conscious of men to appear before the judgement seat of morality.
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