U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
 www.archives.gov August 30, 2014 
"I Have A Dream"
Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.On August 28, 1963, The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom brought together the nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders, along with more than a quarter of a million marchers, to press the U.S. government for equality. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a speech to a massive group of civil rights marchers gathered around the Lincoln Memorial in Washington that became known as the “I Have a Dream” speech. Unknown to Dr. King, Mister Maestro, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Record Company recorded the speech as he delivered it, and later offered the recordings for sale.

Among Federal records, the "I Have a Dream" speech exists as a transcript entered into evidence in the ensuing Federal copyright infringement case, Martin Luther King, Jr. vs. Mister Maestro, Inc. and Twentieth Century-Fox Record Company, in which Dr. King and his attorneys claimed that the speech was copyrighted, and the recordings violated that copyright. Among the papers filed in the case is a deposition from Dr. King signed in his own hand.

 

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