Editor's Note: This post has been updated.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and his subsequent "I Have A Dream" speech.
In a time when voter rights are being suppressed and black teenagers are killed with no repercussions, a message of hope like this is refreshing. As Kojo Nantambu, president of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP, said on Power 98's Morning Maddhouse show earlier today, the more things change, the more they stay the same."
(To watch an illegal, i.e., copyrighted, video of the speech, click here.)
To commemorate the occasion, Moral Monday organizers, including the NAACP, are hosting rallies across the state. The "Taking The Dream to Charlotte" rally happens today at 5:30 p.m. in Marshall Park, 800 E. 3rd St.
Side note: In the spirit of that famous speech, Comcast has launched an interactive website that features interviews with civil rights leaders, clergy members and other activists sharing their experience that day, the legacy of that march, and more. Check out this clip featuring U.S. Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina.
Delette Nycum was my great-grandmother.
Goddamn this town is a drag.
His voice just creeps me out. That is all.