NCRM sings MLK's 'Dream' on 50th anniversary

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Fifty years ago on Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his infamous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in our nation's capitol.

Events were held nationwide to commemorate the anniversary, including "Signing The Dream" at the National Civil Rights Museum in Washington, D.C.

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You could feel a spirit that rivals a southern church on Sundays, which some would say was fitting for an event honoring Dr. King's legacy considering his style of delivering speeches as if  they were old time sermons.
 
The NCRM celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with food and fellowship, hoping to keep Dr. King's dream alive by teaching through music.

"So many people don't know where they came from," said Barbara Anders, NCRM's Director of Education. "That's why it's important to talk about what needs to be protected and what they should be striving for and we each have a responsibility to pass that along to the next generation."

The celebration is a time to reflect.  

Some who attended the event were moved to tears as they recognize just how far we've come. Others felt inspired to keep marching, as they say Dr. King's dream has not completely been fulfilled.

"I listened to the president speak before coming down here and he was saying two-thirds of African-Americans 50 years ago were unemployed," said Clydia Phillips. "We're still at that number now."

For people like Gerard Harris, a musician who performed in Wednesday evening's festivities, the anniversary brings back memories of childhood when he marched with Dr. King in Memphis.

"My grandmother brought me down here to march with King like one week before he got killed," Harris recalled. "I really didn't know the significance then, but I knew if my grandma wanted to do it. It was important."

Harris now realizes how important Dr. King's fight was 50 years ago, and while little ones today may not quite grasp why they were dancing and singing, one day they will thanks to events like this that keep the dream alive.

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