Today is the day that Martin Luther King made history 50 years ago with the greatest speech ever given by an African-American in history. On August 28, 1963, at the brilliant age of 34, King stepped from the pulpit of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Alabama and into the pages of American history. The streets of Washington will be filled today with Americans from all walks of life to honor King. Examiner.com will be there to cover the event and to report the truth.
The White House has reported that for the first time since the speech was given 50 years ago that the President of the United States of America will actually take part in the event to honor King. President Barack Obama will speak from the very spot where King gave the speech on August 28, 1963. The White House said that the president will not attempt to in any way over shadow what King did in his presentation of the speech.
“This Wednesday will mark 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech at the base of the Lincoln Memorial; a moment which served to punctuate a movement that changed America. To honor this occasion, President Obama will be joined Wednesday, August 28th, by President Jimmy Carter and President Bill Clinton, members of the King family and other civil rights leaders and luminaries at the Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action event at the Lincoln Memorial, to commemorate Dr. King’s soaring speech and the 1963 March on Washington, the White House said.
Park Rangers, who take care of the National Mall, have asked your customer service reporter to plead with those people who are attending the massive event today to please discard all programs, paper and cups into the waste containers that will be provided for the event. The exact number of people who attend the event today will be photographed by the present writer and will be reported tomorrow. Andrew Young said the 1983 event was larger than the 250,000 who came in 1963. With the president speaking the event today is also expected to have a huge attendance.
The history of the I Have a Dream speech which has been researched and studied by this journalist since 1973 is a remarkable achievement because King was able to unify the nation. Even people who were against him before the speech had to admit that his presentation and method of speaking had expressed the hopes and dreams of 22 million Americans in the most eloquent manner of any speaker in American history.
“As we mark this important anniversary, we reflect on what the Civil Rights Movement has meant for the country, and perhaps most importantly, the hard work that lies ahead as we continue to pursue the ideals laid out by Dr. King, and sought by the hundreds of thousands of Americans who marched through our nation’s capital fifty years ago,” the White House said.
King rejected violence and racial hatred in the speech. He refused to listen or believe that the bank vaults of justice were bankrupt. He called on all Americans to work together. “I have a dream that one day the sons of slaves and the sons of slave owners will be able to sit down at the table of brotherhood together,” King said.
Coretta Scott King stood in the spot where her husband gave the speech on August 27, 1983. She told the audience that she could feel the presence of her husband at the event 30 years ago. When President Obama takes the stage today the bells will ring. “Let freedom ring from ever hill and every mole hill. Because I say to you today my friends that I still have a dream,” King said. “If America is to be a great nation this must become true,” King said.
The White House advised those who seek to honor King to arrive early today. "This event is open to the public. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. for an 11:00 a.m. program start on Wednesday, August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial. Guests arriving after 12:00 p.m. are not guaranteed admittance. In order to access the venue, you must enter from the east side of the Reflecting Pool, on 17th street, near the World War II Memorial," the White House said.