Rochester community commemorates anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech

Posted at: 08/28/2013 5:12 PM | Updated at: 08/28/2013 7:50 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri |

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It's been fifty years since one man made his way into the history books with a speech about a dream. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's march on Washington, D.C. and his, “I Have A Dream” speech.

Across the country from Washington, D.C. to right here in Rochester, people spent the day commemorating the historic event.

The march on Washington 50 years ago was for jobs and freedom. It was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in the United States. News10NBC spoke with Dr. Walter Cooper, who was there on the lawn and heard Martin Luther King Jr's speech.

Dr. Walter Cooper said, “It was a spiritual experience, even though I had been heavily involved in civil rights, but to see humanity come together for the purpose of actually making for jobs and freedom was really an exciting experience which I will never forget.”

Local school age children read aloud Martin Luther King Jr's famous words at City Hall Wednesday afternoon. They came together to remember the historic march. City officials including Rochester Mayor Tom Richards and Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren both spoke also.
Mayor Tom Richards announced that Manhattan Square Park in the heart of downtown will now be known as  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Square Park."


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