Five Score Years Ago, a Great American

Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream” Speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August, 1963 as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. King spoke to a crowd of more than 250,000 in the shadow of Abraham Lincoln, whom he called “a great American” for signing the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years before in 1863. King began his speech the same way Lincoln began the Gettysburg Address, noting the passage of time in scores of years.