American activist Martin Luther King, Jr had been preaching about dreams for several years, talking about the gap between the American dream and the American lived reality.
But on August 28, 1963 -- fifty years ago this week -- King delivered his "I have a Dream" speech to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was partly intended to demonstrate mass support for the civil rights legislation proposed by President Kennedy in June. King and other leaders therefore agreed to keep their speeches calm, and to avoid provoking the civil disobedience which had become the hallmark of the civil rights movement.
King originally designed his speech as a homage to Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, timed to correspond with the 100-year centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, but the speech became a defining moment of the American Civil Rights Movement and is now considered one the top American speeches of the 20th century.
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In this shot, one of Asheville's city buses has "MLK" as its destination.
It was very hastily photographed from the vantage point of my seat in another bus, but captures the mood of the moment through the various windows on Asheville at this intersection ~ which ironically borders Pritchard Park, where the homeless hang out and get free food from city restaurants each evening.