Dothan’s Connection to the 50th Anniversary of March on Washington

By: WTVY News 4
By: WTVY News 4

UPDATE:50 years ago today, Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream Speech".

All across the country people took time out to remember the march on Washington.

I have a dream, famous words in the history books but they are more than words; they were one man's outlook for the future.

"I knew his speeches were great but i had no idea that any of them would be as important as the i have a dream speech, " says Edward Vaughn, who marched with Dr. King one week before that speech and former President of the NAACP Alabama State Conference.

"It was Dr. King's speech about his hope for America and what he wanted America to be. He said I have a dream for America that black boys and white boys and girls could play together".

"It really was a stress of togetherness of a nation and it stressed that no matter where you come from or what area your from or what domination or what race you were from. It's time for America to come together and do what America was put here to do, " says Representative Dexter Grimsley.

"His message was really for everyone to come together. As Rodney King says, can't we all just get along? I mean we can all just get along if we really try the interesting thing is that I was an organizer of the march in Detroit which happened one week before the march on Washington. Dr king was there, I marched with him. He was just a common guy. He talked just like any, the next guy you talk to. We talk with him and he was very regular, " says Vaughn.

"A lot of times we don't realize that just in April of that year there were hoses being shot on people in Birmingham, then a few short years later, there was a bullet shot to Dr. King in Memphis but in the middle of all of that, the I Have A Dream speech came along and it just points out to society that even as we dream and even as we look out to try to make stuff better, there are going to be some tosses and turns in society, " says Grimsley.

"Black, White, Jewish, Gentile, everyone, could come together as one and say we are Americans," says Vaughn.

Vaughn has his own Museum of African American history, with pictures and artifacts.

The museum is open by appointment only.

You can schedule one by calling 714-4128.

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In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington , WTVY spoke to local residents who experienced Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”.

Tune in to WTVY News 4 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and WRGX at 5:30 p.m. for a full report.


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