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The location on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial from which King delivered the speech is commemorated with this inscription

The March on Washington put pressure on the Kennedy administration to advance its civil rights legislation in Congress.<ref name="test">Clayborne Carson "King, Obama, and the Great American Dialogue", American Heritage, Spring 2009.</ref> The diaries of Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., published posthumously in 2007, suggest that President Kennedy was concerned that if the march failed to attract large numbers of demonstrators, it might undermine his civil rights efforts.

In the wake of the speech and march, King was named Man of the Year by TIME magazine for 1963, and in 1964, he was the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The full speech did not appear in writing until August 1983, some 15 years after King's death, when a transcript was published in The Washington Post.<ref name=Alvarez/>

In 1990, the Australian alternative comedy rock band Doug Anthony All Stars released an album called Icon. One song from Icon, "Shang-a-lang", sampled the end of the speech.

In 2002, the Library of Congress honored the speech by adding it to the United States National Recording Registry.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In 2003, the National Park Service dedicated an inscribed marble pedestal to commemorate the location of King's speech at the Lincoln Memorial.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

On August 26, 2013, UK's BBC Radio 4 broadcast "God's Trombone", in which Gary Younge looked behind the scenes of the speech and explored "what made it both timely and timeless".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

On August 28, 2013, thousands gathered on the mall in Washington D.C. where King made his historic speech to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the occasion. In attendance were former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, and incumbent President Barack Obama, who addressed the crowd and spoke on the significance of the event. Many of King's family were in attendance.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref>

On October 11, 2015, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an exclusive report about Stone Mountain officials considering installation of a new "Freedom Bell" honoring King and citing the speech's reference to the mountain "Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia."<ref></ref> Design details and a timeline for its installation remain to be determined. The article mentioned inspiration for the proposed monument came from a bell-ringing ceremony held in 2013 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of King's speech.

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