Boston Landmarks Orchestra commissions official American Sign Language(ASL) version of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream Speech"

 

For the story behind the work go to http://www.bu.edu/today/2013/martin-luther-king-i-have-a-dream-speech-in-asl/

 

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A Student's Story

I was 17, a student at Antioch College/Ohio, working with WRVR radio station of the Riverside Church in New York. I went to the March, recording crowd reactions, and spoke with MLK after his speech on the steps behind the podium.

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"Martin Luther King, Jr. Wants Us to Tell 'Em"

I didn't go. The self that I was back then begged off when my one of my friends (who went and will forever rejoice that she was there!) asked me to go. "Where will we sleep?" I asked. " There'll be too many people for us to find somewhere to stay,"  Truth is many, many people made the ground their bedroom--for the greatest cause since the abolishment of slavery--while I watched  TV for hours and cried like a baby.

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1963 March

The 1963 March was my first such action and I remember leaving NYC on a very early bus and finding crowds at the other end. It was part of a commitment that included being a civil rights worker in the West Tennessee Voters Project in the summer of 1965, registering voters and starting Freedom Schools.

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August 28, 1963

I was at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Though I was sympathetic with its purpose when the March was announced like many white people I was concerned about the potential for violence -- not from the Negroes, as they then called themselves, but from Southern whites. I grew up in the South and was very worried. This misbehavior I feared would result in understandable but lamentable reaction from Negroes and result in a spiral down.

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Washington: 50 Years Later

It was in 1963, August 28, to be exact. My church at the time, St John’s Baptist, made the now historic trek to the nation’s capital to participate in what was to become know as the march on Washington, which produced the famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. Honestly, I know more about that now than I did then. I was eleven like many kids at that age was shepherded by my church to the this major event by the church elders. I believe their intent was to indoctrinate the youth with this historic event so we might become the torch -bearers of the movement.

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