Event to commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "I Have a Dream" speech

August 19, 2013 10:54 AM
Fifty years ago Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Washington, D.C., Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and gave his historic "I Have a Dream" speech which called for the end to racism in the United States.
An event to commemorate Dr. King will be held on the east lawn of the Knox County Courthouse at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. The event is being coordinated by the city of Galesburg, the Galesburg branch of the NAACP, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee.
"On the 50th anniversary of Dr. King, Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech it is proper that our community commemorate that great American," said John Pritchard, Mayor of Galesburg.
Pritchard further remarked, "In the words of Dr. King, Jr., ‘I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."’ We should strive to reach the dreams that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. so perfectly expressed in that speech."
Dr. Teresa Amott, President of Knox College will be the featured speaker at the event with hymns sung by various local community members as well as the reading of a proclamation by Mayor John Pritchard.


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