In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., students from Washington, D.C.’s Watkins Elementary gathered Friday to celebrate what has become an annual tradition. Each year the fifth grade students study and reenact the “I have a Dream” speech the late Civil Rights leader gave during the March on Washington in 1963. The children gather in the same place King did on that warm day in August, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Continue reading
An audio recording of a speech given by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s, long thought to be lost in time, was made available to the masses this week online.
The movie, “Selma,” is getting plenty of attention for its portrayal of history, the relationship between Martin Luther King and President Lyndon Johnson — and the way it showcases Dr. King’s skills and choices as a political tactician and activist. What’s less well-known is the extent to which director Ava DuVernay rewrote much of the script — and that includes writing her own versions of Dr. King’s speeches.
There is a shock of recognition in the scenes that begin and end “Selma,” the elegiac new work by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. Even if you know only a little about your history, the events surrounding the 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama March will seem familiar. Continue reading
HOUSTON — Barack Obama was 2 years old when Lyndon Baines Johnson sat in the East Room of the White House with Martin Luther King Jr. and signed the Civil Rights Act, putting an end to an America where schools, restaurants and water fountains were divided by race. Half a century later, the first black man to become president is commemorating what’s been accomplished in his lifetime and recommitting the nation to fighting deep inequalities that remain. Continue reading
NEW YORK — At a time when interest in civil rights memorabilia is rekindled, a lifetime’s worth of Rosa Parks’ belongings – among them her Presidential Medal of Freedom – sits in a New York warehouse, unseen and unsold.
In November 2013, an intern at the New York State Museum in Albany, N.Y., uncovered the only known recording of a speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sept. 12, 1962, at the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City. Continue reading
Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. proclaimed the day’s events would “go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” King’s dream and legacy are the central focus of a major ceremony … Continue reading
On the very moment that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous speech 50 years ago, a bell rang out amid a crowd of thousands who gathered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Ray Suarez highlights notable moments and words from the celebration. Continue reading