Dr. King delivered the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963.
We should have known something was up when Beyoncé’s dancers showed up looking regal and oh so royal on the red carpet of the 2016 BET Awards.
Moments later, smoke filled the room as the dancers strutted down the aisles while excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech played.
Beyoncé soon appeared on the stage to perform a spirited rendition of the single “Freedom” from her platinum-selling album, Lemonade.
ESSENCE Festival headliner Kendrick Lamar joined her onstage and it was Black Excellence personified. We’d like to thank the Queen for bringing chills down our spines.
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