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Stand Where Martin Luther King, Jr. Gave the "I Have a Dream" Speech

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from this spot on the Lincoln Memorial steps.
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from this spot on the Lincoln Memorial steps.

NPS Photo by Paul Ollig

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from this spot on the Lincoln Memorial steps to an audience of a quarter million people. The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement, putting pressure on Washington to work to end segregation and disenfranchisement. Ultimately, laws including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed as a result of this political pressure.



Details

Pets are allowed up to this level on the stairs. Pets are not allowed on the white marble steps, nor inside the Lincoln Memorial.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

The marker is in the center of the landing at the base of the white marble steps. 

Accessibility Information

Visitors with mobility impairments may view the "I Have a Dream" square by taking the elevator from the ground floor lobby to the chamber of the Lincoln Memorial. From there, visitors may look down the stairs to the landing where the engraving is located.

Last updated: February 7, 2017