Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream. On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Dr. King said, “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.'”
On the 50th anniversary of this memorable event, Wednesday, August 28, the Albion Historical Society, the Albion branch of the NAACP, the Albion Business and Professional Women’s Club and the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau will hold a celebration, at 7 p.m. at the Ismon House, 300 South Clinton St. in Albion. Several local residents will read the entire speech. Then, Albion College History Chair and Professor Wesley Dick and local volunteer Tom Brown will share their experiences of meeting Dr. King when he visited Albion and Detroit earlier that year, and the marches they participated in. Mr. Dick will also talk about his journey to Washington, D.C. to march on August 24, as part of the commemorative celebrations there.
During the Albion event, Dorothy Dickerson, owner of Books & More, will be on hand to sell the beautiful color versions of the “I Have A Dream” book for all ages, by Dr. King and with paintings by Kadir Nelson. It includes a CD of the original speech. NAACP President Bob Dunklin will speak about its recent convention. This event is free and open to the public.Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
TheAlbion Historical Society preserves and displays the heritage of the Albion area. For more information, visit the Gardner House Museum, 509 South Superior in Albion, call (517) 629-5100 or visit www.albionhistoricalsociety.org.
The Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is the local voice of and for business. It exists to develop and express business opinion and to promote the best interests of the community along civic, commercial, industrial and professional lines. For more information, call (517) 629-5533 or visit 310 South Superior in Albion or www.greateralbionchamber.org