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7 Things You May Not Know About MLK’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech

January 13, 2021 in History

By Sarah Pruitt

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech ranks among the most famous in history, but there are a few lesser-known facts about the 1963 moment.

On August 28, 1963, in front of a crowd of nearly 250,000 people spread across the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the Baptist preacher and civil rights leader , King himself obtained the rights a month after he gave the speech, when he sued two companies selling unauthorized copies. Though some parts of the speech may be used lawfully without approval (for example, individual teachers have been able to use the speech in their classrooms), the King estate requires anyone who wants to air the speech to pay for that right.

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