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Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that

Delivered by Dr Martin Luther King at the zenith of a mighty civil rights march on Washington DC in August 1963, his I Have a Dream speech is one of the greatest of all time.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character,” he said.

Martin Luther King was more than simply an orator. He fought tirelessly for civil rights throughout the 1950s and 1960s. More than anything else, his famous dream eloquently encapsulated his vision of a racially united USA.

Dr King’s birth is honoured with a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the third Monday in January closest to his birthday.

His life was brought to a premature end by an assassin’s bullet in April 1968. But half a century on, Dr King’s dream continues to invigorate and inspire.