‘Dream’ Speech Writer Jones Reflects On King Jr.

by Accidental Bear

The most enduring images and sounds of Martin Luther King Jr.‘s life come from his “I Have A Dream” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963.

Clarence Jones helped draft the speech that day, and he was standing a few feet away when King spoke.

He was a young attorney and part of King’s inner circle when the March on Washington was planned. He tells his story in his new book Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation.

But it almost wasn’t to be.

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