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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.

08.27.13 8:45 AM ET

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.