Most Americans think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a brilliant young minister who was one of the architects of the civil rights movement, and who was martyred for it in 1968, when he was assassinated. But to the revered leader's eldest son, Martin Luther King III — "Marty" to his family and friends — the famous Dr. King was just "Daddy." And like millions of other daddies across the country, he got pestered by his kids when they wanted something.
For the Month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream Speech" on Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capitol from all over the country for the mass demonstration.
Through The Race Card Project's six-word stories, we'll meet some of the people who witnessed that history and hear their memories and reflections on race relations in America today.
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A graduate of the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus, who went on to become the first African American professor at the University of Missouri, has died.
A House Republican leader has announced his support for legalizing same-sex marriage in Illinois.
A major force for civil rights in the Champaign-Urbana area has passed away.
Maya Angelou has postponed a Butler University lecture scheduled for Tuesday because of the storm that dumped 9 inches of snow across central Indiana this week.