I Have A Dream …… newsrooms march on anniversary of speech

Photo courtesy Discover Black Heritage

Photo courtesy Discover Black Heritage

Fifty years since Martin Luther King jr stood atop the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd 0f 250,000 people for the march on Washington, his ‘I have a dream speech’ is being remembered and retold across the digital landscape.

Here are just a few excellent examples of the kind of innovative and engaging work going on in newsrooms on both sides of the pond to commemorate the occasion.

NBC News
NBC News is asking all Americans to share their dreams as the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Beginning today through Wednesday, everyone is invited to take part in #DreamDay by completing the statement “I have a dream that _________.”

Fifty years ago this summer, Dr. King lead the March on Washington, where he gave his famous “I have a dream…” speech. Today, it’s everyday Americans that are working to help advance the dream. How are you ADVANCING THE DREAM? Tell us! Use #advancingthedream to send us a picture via Twitter or Instagram.

ABC News/Univision
ABC News & Univision used their Fusion platform to call on viewers/users to share their thoughts using the hashtag #fusiondream The responses have been collated and published at this Rebel Mouse social media page.
ABC also have a striking interactive photo montage worth visiting at this link via abcnews.co.com as well as reproducing his famous speech in full here.

The Washington Post
The paper devotes an entire section to the 50th anniversary event including a raft of articles from some of those who attended, photo archives and local guides to Martin Luther King jnr events and best forms of travel. You can see the work at this link via washingtonpost.com

BBC Radio 4
To mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, BBC Radio 4 asked notable figures to record a recital of the celebrated text.

The Guardian
Fifty years after Martin Luther King delivered his most famous speech at the march on Washington of 28 August 1963, Gary Younge explores a defining moment in civil rights history that changed America and the world, at this link via guardian.co.uk.

If you come across any other good examples, please do leave a note of them in the comment box.

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