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08.27.13 8:45 AM ET

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech, Annotated

Ever wondered where ‘Let freedom ring’ came from or whether there were any Lincoln allusions? To mark the national holiday that honors the civil-rights leader, watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, with annotations by John Avlon.

Fifty years ago, hundreds of thousands gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, with annotations from John Avlon about the reverend’s allusions and the context of his words. Press play on the video below to begin.