Radio Ceylon, the oldest radio station in Asia, featured the historic event in Washington DC on 28th August 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr said: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character,” it was stunning oratory. Martin Luther King was striving for freedom in his civil rights campaign. His speech was delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC in the United States of America, fifty years ago. It was headline news on Radio Ceylon in 1963.
Martin Luther King and his wife Coretta visited India landing in Mumbai on 10th February 1959. He was mobbed in India by people who had admired his campaign, he had many admirers in Ceylon, including Vernon Corea.
Read Martin Luther King Jr’s account of his trip to India:
Martin Luther King Jr, his wife Coretta with the Prime Minister of India Pandit Nehru in 1959:
Martin Luther King speaking about the great Mahatma Gandhi of India said:
Gandhi was probably the first person in history to lift the love ethic of Jesus above mere interaction between individuals to a powerful and effective social force on a large scale. Love, for Gandhi, was a potent instrument for social and collective transformation. It was in this Gandhian emphasis on love and nonviolence that I discovered the method for social reform that I had been seeking for so many months. The intellectual and moral satisfaction that I failed to gain from the utilitarianism of Bentham and Mill, the revolutionary methods of Marx and Lenin, the social-contracts theory of Hobbes, the “back to nature” optimism of Rousseau. the superman philosophy of Nietzsche, I found in the nonviolent resistance philosophy of Gandhi. I came to feel that this was the only morally and practically sound method open to oppressed people in their struggle for freedom.”
Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in 1968 in Memphis aged 39.
What does Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech say about him: