On Aug. 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. took the stage in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and delivered one of our country’s most moving speeches, calling for an end to racism and demanding equal rights.
His audience of more than 250,000 civil rights advocates cheered, cried and championed the man who was speaking on their behalf.
“Dr. King touched all the themes of the day, only better than anybody else,” wrote New York Times reporter James Reston. “He was full of the symbolism of Lincoln and Gandhi, and the cadences of the Bible. He was both militant and sad, and he sent the crowd away feeling that the long journey had been worthwhile.”
As a tradition, the Muhammad Ali Center screens King’s “I Have A Dream” speech each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday, Jan. 15. The free public event will be followed by a panel discussion on “Continuing the Dream, Living the Legacy” by members of the Ali Center’s Council of Students.
The screening begins at 11 a.m. and marks the center’s first public event since its one-week, pre-renovation closing. The film and discussion are free, but regular admission will be charged to access the museum’s exhibits.
The Ali Center is located at 144 N. Sixth St.