Did you manage to listen to the speeches by President Obama and others yesterday for the 50th commemoration of the March on Washington? You can hit the highlights of the speeches here and also go back in history and watch Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s original speech here.
How much do you know about the March on Washington? You can test yourself with this quiz here on the Religion News Services. Be warned, it’s tough. I only got 40 percent right, which I’m pretty sure means I failed and need to spend more time learning about this enormously important moment in our American history.
Here’s something else I didn’t know about King’s famous speech. It was copyrighted. So, that means that the Youtube link I posted above may be in violation of copyright laws. I probably should have paid more attention in the copyright and fair use classes I took when I was in journalism school (though Youtube, Twitter and Facebook weren’t even “things” way back when I was in school.)
Speaking of journalism and degrees, I guess, in the interest of full disclosure, I should also point out that I’m one of those journalists without an economics degree that Gov. McCrory referred to in Asheville this week. Looks like I have plenty of company, though. WRAL pointed out that McCrory also doesn’t have an economics degree and his jobs and economy advisor (who makes $110,000 a year a few years out of law school) doesn’t have one either. Read to the end of this AP article for more about that.
Back to the March on Washington. The iconic images from the day 50 years ago were largely in black and white, and there’s an interesting display on NPR of what that day’s photos would have looked like in color here. It hits me in a different way, and reinforces the fact that 50 years was not all that long ago. What did you think?
Want to know the story behind other iconic images? The Newseum in Washington, D.C. has a feature that tells the photographers’ stories about several Pulitzer Prize winning photographs taken at events like the Kent State shootings and Marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Click on the images to learn more.