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Quiz: How well do you know Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ spe …

On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the crowd gathered during the March on Washington, delivering his "I Have a Dream" speech. RNS file photo

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Can you spot some of the biblical and historical references in King's speech? Take the quiz to find out.

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


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  • No correct answer choice is available for question 1.

    A “score” = 20, so “five score years ago” is not a correct answer

  • Robert, whether or not is the correct way to say it, King did start his speech with one of those lines (don’t want to give it away in the comments, though!)

  • Dr, King’s wisdom was five score years ahead of his time. GOD knew what He was doing when He sent him. Great Quiz, Be Blessed.

  • Thank you Sarah – i was 8 at the time and heard of an incredible happening in DC. I was 13 when I engraved his speech in my memory and it has been so helpful so many times. I still and probably always will tear up when I hear it. I only missed out on the nuber of people there…wish I was one of them.

  • Though I had read it in parts over the years, I read the speech in its entirety for the first time today because my children have a school assignment. What an incredible speech. I am so glad I am re-schooling myself through my children’s assignments!