The Great March To Freedom

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Click here to learn about third-party website links was born on January 15, 1929. A national holiday
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I’m an admirer of Dr. King Click here to learn about third-party website links. I remember hearing him on the evening news and the palpable change in consciousness he brought about. Before King, you see, Civil Rights for African Americans Click here to learn about third-party website links were hard to get, and small gains were so often reversed. Americans were either oblivious or opposed to justice for Blacks. After King began Click here to learn about third-party website links his work, though, people were suddenly aware of African Americans’ struggles, and many who were oblivious became sympathetic.

The Great March to Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. SpeaksI remember his murder in 1968, too. School was cancelled, and our neighborhood was absolutely silent. Most people were watching TV, but even birds and dogs were quiet that day. I was a little kid, but I felt the enormity of it. More than war, or Nixon, music, or any other factors that shaped that era, those last couple years of Dr. King’s life affected me and the person I have become.

It’s those words. And that voice.

King was a magical speaker Click here to learn about third-party website links. Certain arias in opera bring tears to my eyes — some sort of reaction to the emotion in music, I guess. (No wisecracks!) It doesn’t happen with any other music. Whenever I listen to Dr. King’s speeches, the same darn thing happens — I get all misty and sniffly. I can’t watch documentaries on Dr. King or the Movement without becoming a wreck I credit the power of conviction in King’s words, as well as the royalty of his voice. He’s truly larger than life.

So I was picking through some old LPs in a 2nd hand store last year, and came upon this record. It is the speech Dr. King gave in Detroit in June, 1963 Click here to learn about third-party website links, as he moved toward the historic rally at the Lincoln Memorial  Click here to learn about third-party website links that summer. The speech Click here to learn about third-party website links he delivered was the first time he used the “I Have a Dream” piece — perhaps the greatest speech of the century.

The record, by the way, was captured and distributed by Gordy Records, a division of Barry Gordy’s Motown Click here to learn about third-party website links label. Gordy Records was the label Motown developed for spoken word albums Click here to learn about third-party website links, a standard genre of the time. “The Great March To Freedom: Rev. Martin Luther King Speaks” was the inaugural disc from Gordy.

So there you have it — my personal MLK Day. It means a lot to me because he means a lot to me. Also, Guided By History will blog about Black History Month Click here to learn about third-party website links most of February.

Let this be the first post that celebrates Black History! Click here to learn about third-party website links

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4 Responses to The Great March To Freedom

  1. Charles says:

    Hey there, ho there Charles. What a fantastic little museum you folks at Wells Fargo have here. The wife and I sure enjoyed it, sure did. Oh golly, just so glad to be here. Blessed be. Chuck and Barb- Horton, NE.

  2. Erica says:

    Charles, I was not born when Rev. King was active, but I understand what you mean about his words. To some, they have as much impact as ever. His words are as insightful, throughout ALL races, today as they were then. I just regret that so many feel the need to turn his words towards their own selfish and sue-happy, sense-of-entitlement-driven desires.
    I get that feeling, today and throughout my life, of rightness from his words.
    I can only imagine that silence, upon his murder, as being similar to when we watched the Challenger explosion in Mr. Zoller’s class, but deeper. We knew that we had lost someone truly precious to us as a whole.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Charles, I read your blog and enjoyed it and felt your feelings about Dr. King. I feel that way today when I hear Dr. King’s speeches. I was seven years old when we lost King, but I can remember seeing my grandmother crying. I don’t remember, but I’m quite sure she explained to me what had happened and the reasons for her tears. Out of all of King’s speeches he gave, the one that makes me shiver with chills literally is the very last speech he gave, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech. Those four ending lines of that speech brings tears to my eyes and makes my body shivers with chills as though I’ve been outside in the cold. Before his passing I also remember marching with my grandmother for civil rights. King lives inside the hearts of many people.

  4. Alfred says:

    i have an Original album of the Martin Luther king of the June 23,1963,” The Great march To Freedom’.It is a blessing…

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