“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed - we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal”.
The words of Martin Luther King still resonate five decades later. That famous speech made in Washington on 28 August 1963 is remembered in I Have a Dream on BBC Radio 4 today.On the 20th anniversary of his death in 1988 Radio 1 presented “an imaginative collage” with his words translated into lyrics and sung David Daniel and members of the London Community Gospel Choir. Archive recordings were “set to a rap-style rhythm”.
“I want people to be mind-blown about how great King was as a speaker and pacifist”, producer Michael Wakelin told the Radio Times. “This is not a documentary or history of his life. It’s a tribute. It’s about the way that we’ve been inspired by him”.The music for The Dream was composed by Richard Attree of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. This is part of that programme broadcast on Easter Sunday 3 April 1988.
You can read King's speech in full here.