Today’s Google logo is a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream Speech” that was given on August 28, 1963 to a crowd of 250,000 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
King’s speech was a call for racial justice and harmony, and became a defining moment in America’s civil rights movement. In his recent Time Magazine cover article, author and historian Jon Meacham writes, “With a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr. joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who’ve shaped modern America.”
The logo includes the script of the speech as the backdrop for the Google logo with an illustrated rendering of the iconic photo where Martin Luther King Jr. is seen waving to the crowd. The content of the speech appears as a tag cloud with phrases like “I have a dream” and “that all men are created equal” in a bold font, along with the words “brotherhood”, “children”, “character” and “transformed.”
The speech was part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, one of our nation’s largest civil rights rallies, and the event often credited with helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The march was organized by a number of civil rights and labor activists and religious organizations, with an estimated 250,000 people marching through our nation’s capitol.
US Representative John Lewis, one of the youngest speakers at the event, would later claim, “Dr. King had the power, the ability, and the capacity to transform those steps on the Lincoln Memorial into a monumental area that will forever be recognized. By speaking the way he did, he educated, he inspired, he informed not just the people there, but people throughout America and unborn generations.”
(Credit image: ABCnews.com)