Who was Martin Luther King?
Martin Luther King was a famous activist for civil rights in the USA. His non-violent methods were powerful and influential in American society. He made people aware of the existing inequalities between black and white citizens.
In the 1950's black people did not have the same rights as white people: the could only sit on back seats in buses, went to segregated schools, etc.
Five years after this speech, in 1968, MLK was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Why is he relevant today?
Even though the situation has changed, many Americans still think that his struggle for civil rights should continue so that real equality is achieved, and not just from a legal point of view.
Do you what to read the "I have a dream" speech?