50 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his famous “I Have a Dream” speech with the world. Last October, Random House published the only picture book of the historic speech in print, also titled, I Have a Dream. In honor of Dr. King’s legacy, please enjoy these beautiful illustrations by celebrated artist and Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson, courtesy of the publisher:
I Have a Dream 1 of 8
I still have a dream. 2 of 8
I say to you today, my friends, that even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
All men are created equal. 3 of 8
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 content of their character. 4 of 8
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.
Stand up for freedom together. 5 of 8
With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
My country, ’tis of thee. 6 of 8
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country, 'this of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring! And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.
Let freedom ring. 7 of 8
And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Free at last! 8 of 8
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty we are free at last!