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Celebrating 50 Years of "I Have a Dream" (Video)

08/26/2013 12:02 EDT | Updated 10/26/2013 05:12 EDT

It was the speech heard around the world. When a Baptist minister took to his lectern in Washington Square in August of 1963, he changed the course of the civil rights movement.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" are some of the most recognizable words in history, and 50 years later, the March on Washington Square is an enduring example of the struggle for basic freedoms through peaceful assembly. What started with 250,000 people, gathered under the blazing sun at Lincoln Memorial, is still a reminder of the power of a movement -- that we are stronger and the world is better when we come together.

We were humbled to have Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, speak at the inaugural We Day in the United States. At We Day Seattle, King spoke of the lessons he learned from his parents, the challenges facing the next generation, and the anniversary of his father's speech.

In honour of "I have a dream," we thought we'd pull this from the We Day archives.

Craig and Marc Kielburger are founders of international charity and educational partner, Free The Children. Its youth empowerment event, We Day, is in 11 cities across North America this year, inspiring more than 160,000 attendees from over 4,000 schools. For more information, visit www.weday.com.