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In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, in Washington.

On Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Today, Aug. 28, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of this historic event. This speech helped galvanize the Civil Rights movement and brought the plight of the disenfranchised to a larger national and international audience.

In honor of that historic moment, we have compiled three lists that provide a glimpse into the speech and the events leading up to the March on Washington.

List: The 15 best quotes from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech

List: "I Have a Dream" and other major events in civil rights history

List: The most significant American political speeches of the 20th century ("I Have a Dream" tops the list)

Matthew is a web producer for DeseretNews.com. Email: [email protected]