Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech, “I Have a Dream” at the Washington Rights March on August 28th, 1963. He asked for the freedom of the black people and stated that despite such freedom being promised by the Emancipation Proclamation, black people continued to live under oppression. America had dishonoured the Constitution and Declaration of Independence by denying the black man equal rights and justice as envisaged in the declarations. He, therefore, asked for an end to all racial injustice in the form of segregation, police brutality, and suppression of suffrage rights.
MLK asked the black people to maintain discipline and dignity by abstaining from physical violence, even as they continued to agitate for justice. He further urged that they abstain from mistrusting all white people because a significant number of white people were actually in support of their cause.