I have a dream… Those words have been imbedded and immortalized in the minds of each and every American since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pronounced them on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this momentous speech given during the March on Washington — one of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history — the National Constitution Center honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through live performances and thought-provoking discussions on Wednesday, August 28.
This commemorative tribute takes place in conjunction with the center’s feature exhibition, The 1968 Exhibit.
The special event runs all day long. At 1 p.m., treat yourself to a concert featuring blues singer Alexis P. Suter who will perform 1960’s favorites by Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and other music legends who performed at the March on Washington.
Following the concert, local actors will perform a reading of King’s I Have a Dream speech.
Other activities and events throughout this historical day include:
• Stories of ’68 — Memories of Dr. King: Visitors are invited to share their personal memories of Dr. King, the civil rights movement and the March on Washington.
• MLK and His Legacy: Learn about Dr. King’s vision, his use of nonviolent activism, how other world leaders have echoed his call to service and how to continue his legacy in your community.
• Trailblazers to Freedom Traveling Trunks: On loan from the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the trunks shed light on the personal, professional and political lives of Philadelphia’s early African American community with replica artifacts, clothing and documents packed into each.
• Craft and Activity Tables: Create make and take crafts at the craft and activity tables located throughout the museum. Make I Have a Dream mobiles and refrigerator magnets featuring civil rights heroes.
All activities are included in general museum admission. For the full listing of the day’s events, locations and times, click here.
The 50th Anniversary of the I Have A Dream Speech at the National Constitution Center
When: Wednesday, August 28
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost: Free with general admission
More info: www.constitutioncenter.org