I Have a Dream Speech. On August 28th, 1963 MLK gave his famous I Have a Dream Speech to an estimated 250,000 people. King's speech did not only connect to black people, it connected to everyone. King started his speech with, "Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity." (As quoted on Americanrhetoric.com) King started his speech off with this stanza because he wanted to acknowledge all the work that our pass leaders have done. In this case he was acknowledging Abraham Lincoln and the speech was said at his memorial. King then followed up with the line, "But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free." (As quoted on Americanrhetoric.com) King immediately followed with this because work still needed to be done. Sure all the slaves were freed but blacks were still discriminated and segregated day in and day out. The most famous line in the speech, "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." (As quoted on Americanrhetoric.com) King made it clear in this line that he knows that change was not going to happen on that day, but he hopes it will happen in the future.