From the "I Have a Dream" speech, what are 3 things that Dr. King "dreams" of for the future of America? 

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. This speech occurred less than three months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and approximately 5 years before Dr. King, himself, was assassinated. 

In Dr. King's famous address, he repeats the phrase, "I have a dream" a total of eight times. In some of these instances, he listed specifics about his dreams. Three of the most-quoted "dreams" include the following:

• "I have a dream that 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."

• "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.'"

• "I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood."

It is a little-known fact that one of Dr. King's most-trusted advisers, Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker, told King that the phrase was "hackneyed and trite" in an effort to dissuade Dr. King from saying "I have a dream" in his address. Obviously, King still used the phrase, which has come to define one of the most important civil rights addresses ever delivered.