August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the day Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have A Dream...." speech (although not titled that) in Washington DC on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Over 250,000 civil rights supporters took part in the March on Washington with Dr. King. And on that day in 1963, his words forever changed the fight for equality, have inspired millions beyond those in attendance and became one of the most popular speeches of the 20th century.
Have you ever wondered where Dr. King's written copy of the speech is? We share with you a report on George Raveling....on the day of the March he was a volunteer security guard at the podium who Dr. King handed his speech to. Five decades later, Raveling still has the 3 page speech. Mr. Raveling was a former all-Amercian basketball player that went on to coach basketball at many colleges including USC.
An interesting and ironic fact, although Dr. King had a typed copy of the speech, the words "I have a dream" are not included. There is an penmark on the speech, at which point Dr. King went off script and improvised the now famous and moving words "I HAVE A DREAM....."