DC50 Commemorates 50th Anniversary of MLK’s historic “I Have a Dream” Speech

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On Friday, August 23rd, DC50 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech by broadcasting it’s locally produced special “…And the Dream Lives On” at 730am.  This locally-produced special traces how and why the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place on August 28, 1963.  The pinnacle of the day, attended by 250,000 people, was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Many say this  event and speech paved the way for both the ratification of the 24th Amendment to the US Constitution (outlawing the poll tax, a tax levied on individuals as a requirement for voting) and the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (desegregating public institutions and outlawing employment discrimination).  “…And the Dream Lives On” includes Julian Bond,  Dr. Clayborne Carson, Curator of The King papers;  Kevin Chavous, DC District Councilman;  and African American History C.R Gibbs.  The stories and recollections they share will take viewers beyond the speech and look more closely on the experiences of the people that were surrounding the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  The special will also focus on what practical impact that day and that speech had on housing, education and unemployment among African Americans today.   Hosted by Robin Hamilton. 

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