I Have A Dream

Author:  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Illustrator:  Kadir Nelson

I Have DreamOf all the speeches that have been given in our nation’s capital, few have had the lasting impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech of over 50 years ago.  His memorable words, calling for the freedom and equality of all people, regardless of the color of their skin, still echo in our hearts today.


I don’t suppose there is a person born who hasn’t at one time or another had a dream of what they wished their life to be.  Parents dream of great futures for their children, hoping to provide them with every advantage to make those dreams a reality.  The “dream” of Martin  Luther King, Jr. ran deep in his soul – it was a dream for our nation, a nation he believed in and loved.

“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 illustrations in this book are magnificent paintings.  One of the most touching is of Dr. King’s little children, with the words of the speech which say;

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  His prayer was that one day all of God’s children would be able to sing My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.  In order for America to thrive and truly be a great nation, the words “let freedom ring” must be true for everyone.


The book includes a CD of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s original speech.   The speech is also printed in its entirety in the back of the book.

Mary Byrne Kline


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