I Have A Dream



In this unique tribute program, global figures celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King by reading the words of "I have a Dream." Introduced by Professor Clayborne Carson, editor of the Martin Luther King papers.

The readers are Congressman John Lewis, who spoke at the 1963 March.

Dr Maya Angelou, American author and Civil Rights activist.

Prof Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Laureate and economist.

Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered British teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Wei Jingsheng, Chinese democracy campaigner.

Mary Robinson, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, first female President of Ireland.

John Hume, jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the peace process in Northern Ireland.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Albie Sachs, anti-apartheid campaigner, judge on South Africa's Constitutional Court.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, first female Head of State in Africa.

Raja Shedadeh, Palestinian lawyer, author and human rights activist.

Ndileka Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela.

Ariel Dorfman, Chilean-American author and human rights activist.

David Grossman, Israeli author and peace campaigner.

Dr Shirin Ebadi, Iran's first female judge, Nobel Peace Laureate.

Malala Yousafzai, sixteen-year-old student from Swat in Pakistan, shot by the Taliban.

Satish Kumar, Indian peace campaigner and environmentalist.

Maestro José Antonio Abreu, Venezuelan educator and musician.

Joan Baez, American musician and activist, performer at the 1963 March on Washington.

Stevie Wonder, American musician, singer and songwriter. Campaigner for Martin Luther King's birthday to become a national holiday in the United States.


Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" is one of the most powerfully passionate political statements of the 20th century.

This unique tribute program from BBC Radio, which will be broadcast to a global audience, seeks to commemorate Dr King's legacy through his words. Global figures celebrate Dr Kings legacy by reading sections of the speech which resonate with their own experiences and aspirations.