All Weekend, Every Weekend. On C-SPAN3.

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech

Stanford, California
Sunday, August 25, 2013

Clarence Jones is a former speechwriter and adviser to Martin Luther King Jr. and co-authored the book, "Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation."  He describes what it was like to work closely with Dr. King, how the Letter from Birmingham Jail was written, and the long journey to the March on Washington and King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” He also discusses the power of political speeches and some of his favorite writers. The program was recorded at Stanford University.

Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 10:31am (ET)

Related Events

Lectures in History: Martin Luther King Jr. in Birmingham, Alabama
Monday, January 21, 2013     

University of Hartford professor Warren Goldstein discusses Martin Luther King, Jr.'s time spent in Birmingham, Alabama, and the Civil Rights movement there in 1963.

Mentors to Martin Luther King, Jr.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012     

Howard Thurman and Benjamin Mays were both mentors to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Lyndon Johnson & Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, May 14, 2011     

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia hosted a discussion about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and his relationship with President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, April 2, 2011     

Hampton Sides recounts the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and profiles his assassin, James Earl Ray. The author details Ray's escape from the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1967, his travels throughout the South, Mexico, and Los Angeles under the assumed name Eric Galt, and his assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis on April 4, 1968. Following the assassination the FBI conducted a sixty-five day manhunt. Hampton Sides presented his book at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)
Saturday, August 28, 2010     

On March 31st, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a sermon in National Cathedral in Washington, DC. It would prove to be his last. A few days later on March 4th he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) discusses the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Saturday, January 15, 2011     

Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia.  He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4th, 1968. A Congressional ceremony honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. occurred in April 2008, marking the 40th anniversary of King’s assassination. Speaking at the event are Representatives Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner and John Lewis; Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell, and Martin Luther King, Junior’s eldest son Martin Luther King the 3rd.

The Presidency: George Washington & the Frontier
Sunday     

After the American Revolution – and before he was elected the first president of the United States – George Washington retired from public life. During that time, he traveled to western Virginia to check on his landholdings. Author Edward Larson talks about this journey and how it contributed to Washington’s interest in western expansion and propelled his efforts to link the east and west through the Potomac River. George Washington’s Mount Vernon hosted this event. 

JFK Assassination and the CIA
Sunday     

Retired U.S. Army Intelligence officer & former NSA executive assistant John Newman discusses declassified documents and codenames related to the CIA, Cuba & the assassination.  Newman is the author of “JFK and Vietnam” and “Oswald and the CIA.” This is part of an Assassination Archives and Research Center conference marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the Warren Commission Report entitled, “The Warren Report and the JFK Assassination: A Half Century of Significant Disclosures.”  

American Artifacts: Russell Senate Office Building
Sunday     

Opened in 1909, the Russell Senate Office Building relieved crowded conditions in the U.S. Capitol. Senate Historian Donald Ritchie explains why the Senate needed to expand and describes some of the many historic investigations that have taken place in the Senate Caucus Room, including the 1912 Titanic & the 1920s Teapot Dome hearings. This is the first of a two-part program.

Multiracial Coalitions & Civil Rights
Sunday     

A former member of the Black Panther Party, Bill Jennings, joins author Lauren Araiza to discuss multiracial coalitions during the civil rights movements of the 1960s and 70s.

Share This Event Via Social Media
Sundays at Eight - New Book