A march seen 'round the world. And a speech heard 'round the world.
Fifty years ago today, the March on Washington brought together people of all races and riches. To a person, the audience wore "Sunday best." Men in suits and ties, women in dresses and hats, little boys in white oxford shirts, little girls in patent leather Mary Janes and lace-cuffed socks. In spite of many hours of travel and little sleep, the people were inspired. Change was in the air. It was time. There is little doubt that the 1963 march did more for advancing civil rights than any other single event.
The march and the gathering were peaceful beyond expectations
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the man with a dream
Dr. King's moving speech is often called the "I have a dream" speech and those are the most quoted words. Interestingly enough, the dream part of the speech was completely extemporaneous. The prepared speech did not include the phrases so often repeated.
This part of the speech came about when singer Mahaliah Jackson said, "Tell them about the dream, Martin. Tell them about the dream." And so he did. Unscripted and from deep within himself he told us about his dream for our world. And all across America, we listened.
The dream has not been fully realized but those of us who remember the '60s know that great progress has been made. We still have the dream, and we must continue to make it come true. We have a dream...