Championing a nonviolent movement for social equality, Martin Luther King, Jr., became the catalyst for monumental change. In this powerful piece, filmmaker Salomon Ligthelm
creates a visual interpretation of King’s final speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” using found archive footage. King delivered the speech the night before his assassination in 1968.
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In the United States of America, the Martin Luther King Day will be a holiday on January 15, 2018. On Nov. 3, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill marking the third Monday of every January, as Martin Luther King, Jr., day, according to the center. The holiday was began in 1986. It celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. Martin Luther King Jr. took on many roles: he was a pastor, activist, humanitarian, and most widely known for his work and improvements to the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is famously known for his “I Have A Dream” speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963.
Remembered for its powerful imagery and its repetition of a simple and memorable phrase, King’s “I Have a Dream” speech has endured as a signature moment of the civil rights struggle, and a crowning achievement of one of the movement’s most famous faces.
The Library of Congress added the speech to the National Recording Registry in 2002, and the following year the National Park Service dedicated an inscribed marble slab to mark the spot where King stood that day.
In 2016, Time included the speech as one of its 10 greatest orations in history.
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