Confidential File: Mission A7-1: I Have a Dream

Key Player Biographies

Mahalia Jackson
Martin Luther King Jr


  • June xx, 1963: Mahalia Jackson’s house: 8358 South Indiana Avenue
  • June 23 1963: Detroit, Michigan: Walk to Freedom

    This was the largest civil rights event at this point in the United States. 125,000 people participated and Martin Luther King Jr spoke

    Fun Fact

    Clarence L. Franklin, one of the main organizers of the Walk to Freedom, is the father of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

  • August 28, 1968: March on Washington, Washington DC
    #14: Mahalia Jackson Singing at March on Washington
    #16: Martin Luther King, Jr – I Have a Dream Speech

    I Have a Dream 

    I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

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