Dispatch revisits historical day from late summer of 1963
Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C.
Coverage in what was then the Henderson Daily Dispatch was more significant than some other dailies in the state. But in many accounts from The Associated Press, even those four words are missing, not becoming synonymous with the occasion until later.
The two most famous speeches, arguably, in American history are intertwined. On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln gave a dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in what would later become known as the Gettysburg Address. It came during the Civil War, and reiterated the principles of human equality in the Declaration of Independence.
King, on Aug. 28, 1963, linked equality and the Declaration of Independence in his speech as well. It was delivered at the March on Washington, an event that drew about a quarter-million people to the nation’s capital, an estimated 20,000 of them white.
Reportedly, at some point King left his prepared words and began preaching, delivering a message that is still alive with passion in people of all color.
In Wednesday’s print edition of The Dispatch, we revisit August of 1963 through conversations with those who experienced different parts of it. Included are reprinted stories appearing in this newspaper’s afternoon edition the day of the march and the day after the march.
On our Opinion page today are reprinted editorials from before the march and after the march. In its usual place is today’s Our Opinion. Today’s cartoons are from current artists.