Secretary-General's video message to the Fiftieth Anniversary Commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech
Washington, DC, 28 August 2013
This is an historic day for the United States – and the United Nations.
We pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – an American hero and a leader for people around the world.
Dr. King’s values are United Nations values.
Equality. Freedom. Peace.
Today, we come together to continue his journey for justice.
[PHOTO ONE: KING AND BUNCHE]
Half a century ago, a top United Nations official took part in the March on Washington. His name was Ralph Bunche.
Mr. Bunche once told Dr. King: “Right is on your side and all the world knows it.”
[PHOTO TWO: KING AT UN]
As a young man in the 1960s in faraway Korea, I knew it.
I was deeply moved by Dr. King and all those who stood up for human rights and human dignity.
Soon after I became Secretary-General, I visited the King Center in Atlanta.
And in my travels, I have seen again and again how Dr. King’s words still inspire people in every corner of our globe.
[PHOTO THREE: SG AT KING CENTER]
[PHOTO FOUR: SG LOOKING AT KING CENTER DOCUMENTS]
[PHOTO FIVE: SG AT KING MONUMENT, PAN UP TO KING]
Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream with the world.
Together, let us keep working until that dream is realized everywhere – for all people.
Statements on 28 August 2013
- New York, 28 August 2013 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the death of a MONUSCO peacekeeper in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [scroll down for French version]
- Leiden, The Netherlands, 28 August 2013 - Secretary-General's Freedom Lecture at Leiden University [as prepared for delivery]
- The Hague, 28 August 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at opening of Ministerial Conference on the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes [as prepared for delivery]
- The Hague, the Netherlands, 28 August 2013 - Secretary-General's remarks at ceremony marking the centennial of the Peace Palace