(WLAX/WEUX) – Today marks 59 years since the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King delivered his history-making “I Have a Dream” speech. On August 28th, 1963, the civil rights leader addressed the crowds during the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”

In his groundbreaking speech, King called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the US. The baptist minister also made reference to the bible, the constitution, and the Declaration of Independence.

Some scholars have referred to the address as a masterpiece. yesterday also marks the 67th anniversary of the lynching of Emmett Till. His death sparked the civil rights movement.