Museum of African American History hosts MLK tribute
On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Museum of African American History will welcome community leaders and civil rights activists to the historic African Meeting House on Beacon Hill for a special tribute.
At noon on Wednesday, August 28 — 50 years to the day of when in 1963 more than 200,000 gathered before the Lincoln Monument on the mall in Washington, DC — the Museum hosts a public reading of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” speech". Readers and observers will gather in the nation's first African Meeting House, where Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Maria Stewart and other abolitionist giants led brave men, women, and children in a monumental campaign for freedom and equality from the Colonial years through Reconstruction.
The noontime program will include a musical tribute by Rashad McPherson and draw startling similarities between the anti-slavery movement in America's early history and the civil rights movement. Participating community and civil rights leaders will be joined by public readers to deliver a section of Dr. King's iconic speech. Confirmed readers include State Representative Gloria Fox and City Councillors Bill Linehan, Ayanna Pressley and Charles Yancey, in addition to civil rights activists Ed Blackman, Doris Bunte, Drs. Vivian and Willard Johnson, Mimi Jones, Horace Seldon, and Sarah-Ann Shaw.
For public information, visit maah.org or call 617.725.0022, ext. 222.