Jan. 14, 2019

JoeSmokeBlackThoughts Day 3 Salutes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

Before ​The 1963 Dream Speech, Martin Luther King delivered a speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on May 17, 1957, at the Prayer Pilgrimage For Freedom. This rally formed the basis for the Jobs and Freedom Rally that was to occur 6 years later on August 28, 1963. This rally also was a celebration of the 3-year anniversary of the historic Supreme Court 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education doctrine that overturned the Plessey vs. Ferguson decision that legalized separate but equal.

In this speech, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to 25,000 demonstrators on the topic, “Giving Us The Ballot”, on this day in the nation’s capital. It was during the time that the civil rights movement had seen a mythical victory in the Montgomery Alabama public bus boycott. However, it was during a period of time that Jim Crow’s oppressive hatred reigned supreme in the south as well as other regions of the United States. So, on day three of my birthday salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, I will bring you in my voice the speech that continued to illuminate the light of hope to the many who were hopeless in our nation.