January 17, 2014

Celebrating Martin Luther King - 2014

 
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an amazing leader who made a significant impact on civil rights for black Americans. In his honor, the 25th annual (Bastrop County) Martin Luther King Walk will take place on Monday, Jan. 20th, beginning at 10am in Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Elgin, continuing to the Fleming Community Center. A reception will follow at the Elgin ISD Administration Building.

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
King's "I Have A Dream" speech was recited on August 28th, 1963 during the March on Washington. King spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered one of the most acclaimed and inspiring speeches in U.S. history.

Drawing by Tommy Byrd

The repetition "I have a dream" became a symbol of civil rights, and his soaring close "to let freedom ring" still resonates today and inspires those who are moved by his dream.

Believe it or not, the "I Have a Dream" speech was originally titled "Normalcy, Never Again" and the first drafts never included the phrase "I have a dream." Near the end of the speech, famous African American gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted to Dr. King from the crowd, "Tell them about the dream, Martin." Dr. King stopped delivering his prepared speech and started "preaching," punctuating his points with "I have a dream."

Read the speech in its entirety here at the U.S. National Archives. Watch King's inspiring speech below. Read more about MLK here.



Photo #1 (top of article)- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his I Have a Dream Speech at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. 08/28/1963 ARC Identifier 542069 / Local Identifier 306-SSM-4D(107)16 - See more at: http://www.mlkonline.net/images.html#sthash.oR1ZvqfP.dpuf

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