Exact spot – a place to dream, 51 years ago


Pic Tweet from the National Park Service: Beautiful photo of the exact spot Dr. King delivered his

Pic Tweet from the National Park Service: Beautiful photo of the exact spot Dr. King delivered his “I Have a Dream speech” 50 years ago today. #MLKdream50 pic.twitter.com/MHwWsY7Hwp

Nice photo from the Lincoln Memorial looking toward the Washington Monument across the length of the Reflecting Pool.

The photo is a couple of years old, having been taken before the scaffolding went up on the Washington Monument for repairs for damage from the 2011 earthquake — scaffolding which has since been removed.    It’s a winter or fall picture, I’m guessing from the bare trees, and taken early in the morning, as the sun rises in the east over the Capitol and Washington Monument.  That is one of the best times to be at the Lincoln Memorial, in my experience.  The man in the photo has the historic spot very much to himself at that time.

Engraving on the stone says:

I HAVE A DREAM
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON
FOR JOBS AND FREEDOM
AUGUST 28, 1963

Assuming you’re older than 51, where were you that day in August?  Do you remember the event in the news?

King’s speech got very little press that day, or the next.  It was in the time when television news operations used film.  The film came late in the afternoon, and would have to be developed — it missed evening broadcasts on that Saturday. The text did not get much mention, either — reports for the Washington Post and New York Times, had to be filed early.  Most reporters wrote before the event.  Even those who wrote after the speech often were unaware of how it had moved the crowd.  It’s one of those historic events that, had you been there, you’d have known something happened. but not necessarily what.

News reports tended to be dominated by coverage of the size of the crowd, and the fact that violence didn’t break out.

It was a different time.

More:

This is an encore post.

This is an edited encore post

2 Responses to Exact spot – a place to dream, 51 years ago

  1. Ed Darrell says:

    Nice sleuthing. Thanks.

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  2. jahigginbotham says:

    Brandon Kopp Taken on March 17, 2013
    I Have A Dream HDR
    I took this picture back in March, but have held on to it for the purposes of this week; the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. I’m looking forward to being part of the events tomorrow and next Wednesday and experiencing a bit of history.

    This picture is composed of 5 images merged to HDR in Photomatix Pro.

    I Have A Dream HDR

    U.S. Department of the Interior 1y
    Great photo Brandon. As with some photos before, we assume you’re ok with us using it on our social media accounts? Thanks!

    Like

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