Thursday, August 22, 2013

5 Secrets of the March on Washington/MLK Speech, 50 Years Ago this week...

About 50 years ago, one of the most important speeches in United States history was delivered by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Mall in Washington D.C. The "I have A Dream" speech has been taught and studied by school children for decades now in the studies on Civil Rights in America.

The National Journal's Matthew Cooper has a great piece in today's edition that looks at that day events and highlights some rarely mentioned aspects of August 28th, 1963.

A few questions:

Who was Bayard Rustin, and why was he both controversial and critical to the speech?

What happened that day that hadn't happened since the end of 1933?

Was President Kennedy supportive of King's scheduled speech that day?

What major US newspaper gave MLK front page billing in its coverage? Which major paper didn't?

What were the two drivers of the speech and the march that weekend?

Well written, very worth a few moments to read it.

Do so right here....


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