Is Martin Luther King Jr.’s 'I Have a Dream' Speech The Greatest in History?

By Rebeka Knott
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his I Have a Dream speech to huge crowd gathered for the Mall in Washington DC during the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom. (Photo by Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Co.)

On August 28, 1968, with four immortal words -- "I have a dream" -- American civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his hopes for a better future. His speech was eloquent and touching, as well as prophetic. And apart from its content and effects, it stands as one of the great feats of oratory of the 20th century.