10 MLK Facts

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10. "I have a dream" was not apart of the final draft of King's speech.

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9. A retired college basketball coach has the only hard copy of the speech.

Villanova volunteer assistant basketball coach George Raveling. When King’s speech was done, Raveling just walked right up to him and said, “Dr. King, can I have those?”

Villanova volunteer assistant basketball coach George Raveling. When King’s speech was done, Raveling just walked right up to him and said, “Dr. King, can I have those?”

8. He quoted a Negro spiritual.

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Quoated, "Free At Last," MLK, Jr. reminded the country of the progress already made towards racial equality and the miles left to go.

 7. He was once considered an average public speaker.

In grade school Martin recieved a 'C' in public speaking.

In grade school Martin recieved a 'C' in public speaking.

 6. King's speech was too long.

MLK, Jr spoke for sixteen minutes, his cut off time was four minutes. He was the only Speaker who was not cut off after the four-minute time limit.

MLK, Jr spoke for sixteen minutes, his cut off time was four minutes. He was the only Speaker who was not cut off after the four-minute time limit.

 5. It made history in more ways than one.

King become the second black person to win a Nobel Peace Prize one year later.

King become the second black person to win a Nobel Peace Prize one year later.

4. The speech almost didn't happen.

The final draft, which he diverged from, was finished in the early morning hours on the day of the march. King was so focused on organizing march logistics that he spent very little time preparing his speech.

The final draft, which he diverged from, was finished in the early morning hours on the day of the march. King was so focused on organizing march logistics that he spent very little time preparing his speech.

 3. People traveled insane distances to participate in the march and hear the speech.

Allegedly, a teenager roller-skated from Chicago and a group of friends supposedly walked over 200 miles from New York to the nation's capital.

Allegedly, a teenager roller-skated from Chicago and a group of friends supposedly walked over 200 miles from New York to the nation's capital.

2. "Normalcy, Never Again" was the original titles of the famous " I have a dream" speech.

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1. "The speech" put MLK, Jr. on the FBI's watchlist.

Letter from FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Letter from FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Less than 72 hours following the "Normalcy, Never again" speech, FBI Agent William C. Sullivan labeled King as "the most dangerous Negro... in this Nation" due to his incredible influence, which only increased following the march.

Less than 72 hours following the "Normalcy, Never again" speech, FBI Agent William C. Sullivan labeled King as "the most dangerous Negro... in this Nation" due to his incredible influence, which only increased following the march.

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