28 August 2013

50 Years Later: "I Have a Dream" Speech

People throughout the world are honoring the 50th Anniversary of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" at which Martin Luther King, Jr. was the final speaker at the event - because no one else wanted to go last.  It is ironic that arguably his most famous speech, “I Have a Dream” does not contain that phrase – as Martin Luther King, Jr., went off script and spoke extemporaneously when the "I have a dream" cadence begins.   

Many folks are not aware that King used to visit Penn Center for respite from his public political activities campaigning for Civil Rights during the 1960s. For information about his visits to our area, please check out I will not be silent and I will be heard: Martin Luther King Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Penn Center, 1964-1967 by J. Tracy Power available at all our library branches under call number 323.4 POW. 

You'll need to come to the BDC to read the contents of the King, Martin Luther, Jr. (1929-1968) vertical file. 

Be sure to peruse Maria Benac’s From the Beacon article about Library books on the March onWashington.  Learn more about this man who helped change the course of  history in our country at  your favorite branch of the Beaufort County Library.

The History Channel has posted a 2:33 minute video "Bet You Didn't Know: March on Washington" at http://www.history.com/videos/bet-you-didnt-know-march-on-washington that is well worth a few minutes of your time to view.

Source: Bet You Didn't Know: March on Washington. (2013). The History Channel website. Retrieved 11:58, August 27, 2013, from http://www.history.comhttp://www.history.com/videos/bet-you-didnt-know-march-on-washington.  

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