This week marks 50 years since the nation first heard Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of that speech given at the March on Washington. King was a son of Georgia, and is considered an American hero. But his life and his words inspire people around the world.
Congressman John Lewis will speak at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Saturday. It’s to commemorate 50 years since the 1963 March on Washington. Lewis is the last living member of the six march organizers. They were calling for civil rights for African-Americans.
Savannah is marking historic anniversaries in the Civil Rights movement. This weekend will feature a symposium at Savannah High School and a mass meeting at First African Baptist Church. Then on the march on Washington's 50th anniversary next Wednesday, Savannah State University students will re-enact many of the day's historic events.
Dozens of Georgia activists and politicians are bound for the nation's capital where they will join demonstrators from across the country in commemorating the 1963 civil rights march on Washington 50 years ago.
State Senator Nan Orrock was a rising junior at Mary Washington College in Virginia in August of 1963. She was planning on becoming a teacher and settling down to raise a family. But going to the March on Washingtion changed her path.
Savannah became one of the first police forces in the South to desegregate its police force. It happened in 1947. Among the first nine black officers hired on May first of that year, John White is the last surviving member.
Thursday marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. In his hometown of Atlanta a wreath will be laid outside the church he once led. Church leaders are also challenging youth to 50 days of nonviolence.