A Broadway producer was in Rocky Mount this week, developing a plan to commemorate the first stage where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech as well as incorporating that legacy into the musical “I Dream” about the civil rights leader’s life.
“The fact that Martin Luther King came here as part of his speaking circuit and essentially used Rocky Mount to test this speech and motivate people prior to D.C. is huge,” said producer Bruce D. Long, president and CEO of Eye Opening Entertainment. “Many times the importance of North Carolina in the civil rights movement is unclear or obscure or overlooked, so I want to raise awareness of that – and the fact that Rocky Mount had such significance is something I want to raise awareness about. (Source: Read more)
Rocky Mount and Booker T. Washington High School friends and family are honored and proud. But one correction please…we all knew about the tape. It has been played numerous times on local cable stations for years! Please don’t do a Christopher Columbus on us! We appreciate the technology that the professor employed to help us hear the speech better. I in no way want to diminish the significance of the professor’s work. We thank you so much for your assistance and sharing this with the world! But it was not a new ‘discovery.’ I only wish you or someone you worked with contacted the right people in Rocky Mount to help you create appropriate context in the unveiling press release. Reuben Blackwell
Dr. King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech was born in North Carolina
An N.C. State University professor has restored old reel-to-reel tapes from a public library in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, proving that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr….
The Political Agitator response: This is just so sad.
Both relics reside in a safe deposit box, the keys held since March by an Atlanta judge presiding over the latest — and in many eyes, the ugliest — fight between King’s heirs.
The Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc., which is controlled by Martin Luther King III and his younger brother, Dexter Scott King, asked a judge a year ago to order their sister Bernice to turn over their father’s Nobel medal and traveling Bible. The brothers want to sell them to a private buyer.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney could decide the case at a hearing Tuesday or let it go to trial. He said when he ordered Bernice to hand over the Bible and medal to the court’s custody that it appeared likely the estate will win the case. (Source: Read more)
The Political Agitator response: This is a good read. King, and all those who stood alongside him in the demonstrations in the South, are shown not as conciliators looking to simply make racial harmony through dialogue, but as both agitators and lawbreakers – in the most righteous ways.
As “Selma” opens in a number of cities this week and expands to nationwide release in a couple of weeks, the country is given a chance to assess the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. Doing so is particularly relevant right now, in light of boisterous protests against police brutality that have been going on since the summer.
Selma has won nearly unanimous praise from film critics – it is currently perched at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with dozens of reviews in – partly for its unflinching look at King as a true radical who upset not just a fringe of racists in the South, but the entire political establishment. Writing in Time Magazine, nonprofit leader Salamishah Tillet praises the film for reclaiming “Hollywood’s sanitized versions” of Dr. King as simply part of a “simple story of American racial progress.”
In the conventional wisdom, King was a beloved figure who worked with national politicians to defeat a fringe group of Southern racists; Selma upends this narrative by showing King facing off not only with Alabama governor George Wallace but also the Democratic president Lyndon Banes Johnson (LBJ) and his FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. King, and all those who stood alongside him in the demonstrations in the South, are shown not as conciliators looking to simply make racial harmony through dialogue, but as both agitators and lawbreakers – in the most righteous ways. (Source: Read more)
I’ve always loved and admired Martin Luther King Jr., and thought I knew most of what there was to know about his life and mission. But as it turns out, there is quite a bit I didn’t know. While we all may remember learning the facts about him in school, King’s life was full of so many incredible speeches and experiences, it’s easy to miss some of the most touching moments.
A man always on the move… (Source)