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Catching Dr. King's Most Famous Speech

Today is the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. King spoke to more than 200,000 people who’d come to Washington D.C. to demand equal rights.

Chicago journalist and writer Kenan Heise was among them. Today he remembers that he almost missed the dramatic speech in his rush to get away from the crowds on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

HEISE: I got about two to three blocks from it and the loud speaker system was working extraordinarily well and I heard this trembling voice saying, ‘I have a dream’ and I stopped right there. I didn’t move an inch forward or backward and I listened to every word of it.

Heise says he’s been affected all his life by what King said, and by his own luck in hearing it in person.

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