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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Important Anniversary


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...



10 comments:

Rae said...

A salute to a wonderful man and an important movement. Wish Dr. King had lived to see his dream become reality...in part at least. Still have some mountains to overcome unfortunately.

JeanMac said...

I just watched TV program A fellow has the actual paper MLK used for his speech. has been offered over $3million for it but won't sell.

The Bug said...

Amen.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Amen, and we have to keep consciously moving to make this dream a reality for all of us.

Arkansas Patti said...

I do remember that time in history. Many actions in those days were pretty darn ugly. That particular day however was beautiful.
Yes we have come a long way but the dream is still unfulfilled. I do hope I live long enough.

KB Bear said...

Well said, and very interesting about the "I have a dream" part being unscripted. I hope that we keep moving toward his dream.

Tara Crowley said...

I have been inspired all day, watching coverage of the original march and today's commemoration. I did miss the full and entire King speech that was being broadcast on MSNBC though.

It is a shame that not a single Republican spoke today -- and that speaks volumes. Here's a party trying desperately to win the hearts an minds of black and brown American, yet they couldn't show up at this important event.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Beautiful. I just learned that little did-bit about the 'dream' part; so interesting.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone.

Tara - I also noted the lack of Republicans.

robin andrea said...

I love remembering this day. I wish the enthusiasm for human rights and human compassion was as strong today as it was then.