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''I Have a Dream''

By: Lindsay Liepman
By: Lindsay Liepman

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr has spanned across generations of American families.

And while his dream has resonated throughout our nation's fight for civil liberties, each of us has dreams as well.

"I have a dream for my grandchildren and I know it can be realized if I march here today," says Hearne Resident Helen Johnson.

Johnson's dream is not much different than Dr. King's.

Peace, equality and a better future.

It's why she and others are marching, much as King did decades ago.

"I have a dream that we preserve our civil liberties and civil rights, it's the most important thing," says College Station Resident James Burk.

"My dream really has come true, to come together, black, Hispanic, white, everybody's here," says Bryan Resident Donnie Nelson.

And while some say putting differences aside and walking hand in hand is the fruition of Dr. King's dream, their own vision of what the world could be, has not been realized.

"I think the most important thing about the speech was the rights of people, we've come a long way but we still have a long way to go," says Ann Boney, Local NAACP Chapter President.

Although everyone's dream is different there is one common thread of hope.

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Timeline of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life

  • Michael King, later known as Martin Luther King, Jr. was born on January 15, 1929.

  • September 20, 1944, King began his freshman year at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

  • August 6, 1946, the Atlanta Constitution published King's letter to the editor stating that black people "are entitled to the basic rights and opportunities of American citizens."

  • In January and February of 1947 King's article, "The Purpose of Education" was published in the Morehouse student paper, the Maroon Tiger.

  • 1948 was a busy year for Martin Luther King, Jr. In February he was ordained and appointed as the assistant pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

  • In June of 1948, King received his B.A. in Sociology from Morehouse College.

  • In September that same year he began his studies at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Penn.

  • May 1951, King graduated from Crozer with a Bachelor of Divinity degree, and delivered the Valedictory Address at commencement.

  • In September of 1951, he began his graduate studies in systematic theology at Boston University.

  • On June 18, 1953, Martin Luther King, Jr. married Coretta Scott near Marion, Ala.

  • February 28, 1954, King delivers the sermon, "Rediscovering Lost Values" at the Second Baptist Church in Detroit.

  • On September 1, 1954, King begins his pastorate at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.

  • June 5, 1955 Martin Luther King earns his PhD. in Systematic Theology from Boston University.

  • On December 5, 1955 King becomes the president of MIA, the Montgomery Improvement Association.

  • In February of 1957, Martin Luther King, Jr. appeared on the cover of Time magazine, as Time’s Man of the Year.

  • During the spring of 1963, King and his staff guided mass demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, where local white police officials were known from their anti-black attitudes.

  • Subsequent mass demonstrations in many communities culminated in a march on August 28, 1963, that attracted more than 250,000 protesters to Washington, D. C. Addressing the marchers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, King delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" oration.

  • In December of 1964, King was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while seeking to assist a garbage workers' strike in Memphis.

  • He died revered by many for his martyrdom on behalf of non-violence, and condemned by others for his militancy and insurgent views.

Source: http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/ (The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University)


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