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He Had a Dream

As you probably know, yesterday was Martin Luther King Day. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 (his birthday is always celebrated on a Monday). On August 28, 1963, he was the main speaker at the historic March on Washington. About 250,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the peaceful demonstration for civil rights. Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the march, which included the words, "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." How old was Dr. King during the March on Washington? How old would he be today?

Dr. King was 34 years old during the March on Washington and would be 82 today.

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