Local groups celebrate 50th anniversary of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

| September 9, 2013
(Left to right) Dr. Andrew Prall (MC) and panel members Larry Lee, Hana Stith and Edward N. Smith. (Photo: Courtesy Bennie Edwards)

(Left to right) Dr. Andrew Prall (MC) and panel members Larry Lee, Hana Stith and Edward N. Smith. (Photo: Courtesy Bennie Edwards)

(Left to right) City Councilman Geoff Paddock, Deputy Chief Garry Hamilton and Bennie Edwards (MLK Club president) standing at the podicum where Dr. King spoke at the former Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne over 50 years ago. (Photo: Courtesy Bennie Edwards)

(Left to right) City Councilman Geoff Paddock, Deputy Chief Garry Hamilton and Bennie Edwards (MLK Club president) standing at the podicum where Dr. King spoke at the former Scottish Rite in Fort Wayne over 50 years ago. (Photo: Courtesy Bennie Edwards)

By Bennie Edwards
Special to Frost Illustrated

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, “I Have A Dream,” the Martin Luther King Jr. Club Inc., the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne Urban League and television channel PBS39 joined others across the world in commemorating this historic event on Aug. 28, at the USF Performing Arts Center.  During the “Sharing the Legacy” program, attendees saw a re-broadcast of the spellbinding historic speech and podium used by Dr. King when he spoke in Fort Wayne in June 1963, two months prior to the “I Have A Dream” speech.

The audience also heard from a panel of  individuals which consisted of Hana Stith, Larry Lee and Edward N. Smith, who lived during this time speak of the profound experience the speech and the March on Washington made upon them, their generation and today’s world.  Additionally, a photo exhibit of Dr. King’s Fort Wayne visit was on display.

The very podium that Dr. King spoke at was made available for individuals attending the event to have a photo taken standing behind this piece of Fort Wayne history after the program.

All though, we have made tremendous strides over the past 50 years; there is still much work to be done.  The struggle continues!

Bennie Edwards is president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Club Inc.

 

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 4 print edition.

 

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