Groups to celebrate 'I Have a Dream' speech 50th anniversary

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 8:49 AM
Last updated 6:47 PM
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ATLANTA -- In the months leading up to next year’s 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial, civil-rights groups are setting aside their differences to cooperate on a nearly year-long celebration.


Thursday, the leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and The King Center announced joint plans to observe the lead up to anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech Aug. 28, 1963.

Events include gatherings in Atlanta at the King Center and in Washington at the Lincoln Memorial and the MLK memorial.

“We still have to march,” said SCLC President C.T. Vivian, who served on King’s staff. “We must tell the president and Congress that 50 years later, the struggle continues and poverty continues unabated.”

Other events include motorcades and marshes in Birmingham, Ala., and at the Moores Ford Bridge in Monroe, Ga., the site of a lynching that King was due to visit had he not been assassinated. The motorcade traveling to Washington will stop for commemorations along the route before arriving in the nation’s capital where the SCLC will hold its annual convention.

“It is our intention to make the 50th anniversary observance an inspiring, global and educational celebration, which renews my father’s challenge to create a nonviolent society in which justice, shared prosperity, brotherhood and sisterhood can flourish in America and throughout the world,” said King’s daughter Benice King, King Center CEO.

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dstewartsr 09/21/12 - 09:07 am
Yeah, yeah...

anything to keep the hate alive and the dollars flowing.

OpenCurtain 09/21/12 - 10:18 am
MLK is still a great man

His Peaceful actions demonstrated that non-violence can resolve serious problems, even as great as the Nationwide racial problems of the 60's here in the USA.

Too many of the Civil Rights Activists & current preachers seem to have lost the true meaning of his works and efforts and should spend a few months re-reading the great MLK's works.

If more did this, instead of race pimping, and corrupting his dream for personal wealth. Maybe true progress and racial harmony would be possible.

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