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Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963...

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"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'" - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Aug. 28, 1963

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.

King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Aug. 28, 1963, during the historic March on Washington when he said "I have a dream today" and spoke of the races living together in peace and prosperity.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, designated a national holiday and a national day of service, and Saturday the Americorps VISTA volunteers of Grand Forks will show a video clip of King's speech at 1 and 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Forks Public Library. After the 17-minute speech, there will be discussions and questions led by Malikah Carter, interim director of multicultural student services at UND.

The event is for everyone, but is geared toward children. A similar event was held at the library last year.

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"We were kind of worried when we first showed it. Were kids going to understand?," said Leigh Ann McKenzie, a Americorps VISTA in Fargo. "It's a long speech for kids. But those kids had all kinds of questions."

Since Martin Luther King Jr. day is a day of service, Americorps VISTA also will be sharing information aout VoiceBook project, which makes it possible for children to listen and rad along with a story recorded by a loved one.

"Say a parent or grandparent is here in Grand Forks and their grandchildren live in Florida, or a mother or father is deployed," McKenzie said. VoiceBook makes it possible for the absent person to record the story in his or her voice, then send the recording and a copy of the book to the child for whom it is intended. There is no charge to particpants, she said.

Candlelight vigil

Another Martin Luther King Jr. day observance, a candlelight vigil and program, will be Monday at UND sponsored by the UND Black Student Association. Participants will meet at the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center at 11:45 a.m. Monday and walk in solidarity to the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center for a program that will begin at noon.

For more information, ccontact Linda Skarsten at (701) 777-4259 or Linda.skarsten@email.und.edu .

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