STAFF BLOG NIE ROCKS! Free Teaching Resources for 50th Anniversary of MLK Jr Speech
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Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly has apologized for incorrectly stating that no Republicans were invited to participate in a ceremony this week marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for civil rights and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.
Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the "glorious patriots" who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.
Nancy Benac and Suzanne Gamboa
, August 28, 2013
Clarence Jones was sitting 50 feet behind his boss, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on the brilliant, sunny day in 1963 when King delivered the speech that would forever change the course of race relations in the United States.
When 250,000 marchers converged on Washington in August 1963, the issues were jobs and freedom. Now, as the crowds come together to mark the 50th anniversary of that seminal event in the civil rights movement, those issues have been joined by others, including one, immigration reform, that wasn’t nearly on the political radar then like it is today.
Next week, the nation's first black president, a living symbol of the racial progress Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed about, will stand near the spot where King stood 50 years ago and say where he believes this nation should be headed.
On the National Mall in Washington, Martin Luther King Jr. is a towering, heroic figure carved in stone. On the Broadway stage, he’s a living, breathing man who chain-smokes, sips liquor and occasionally curses.
White supremacist Kevin Harpham planted a bomb along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade here last year, hoping to strike a lethal blow against the unity and multiculturalism represented by the march.
VIDEO: Watch at bottom of article. On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. made a 17-minute public speech calling for racial equality and an end to discrimination. Delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, it has become known as the “I have a dream” speech.
‘I have a dream speech’ to be shown twice Saturday at Grand Forks Public Library Like Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered at a crucial point in the civil rights movement, has become one of America’s most famous and quoted speeches.
On Thursday, the university will hold “Celebrate Dr. King” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the main floor of the Memorial Union. On Monday, when UND is closed for MLK Day, a candlelight vigil and program will be held.
UND events honor Martin Luther King
The UND Black Student Association, in partnership with Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Student Services, is hosting two events to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.
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