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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Statement

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.

Thank you.


Statements on 28 August 2013