August 28th, 2013 marks 50 years since the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. WSKG joins the nation in commemorating the anniversary with a series of 50th Anniversary shows, videos, live chats and more.
As part of that series, we interviewed local community members who attended and played active roles in the march. Many locals were young when the march happened, but they remember it well. We started to wonder: what do today’s kids think about an event that happened 50 years ago, long before they were born?
Click below to hear the perspectives of four students (Alex, Emonde, Junior and Tylique) fromBinghamton High School’s Liberty Partnership Program. Turn up your computer’s sound, and click the arrow on the right side to scroll through as the audio plays.
What impact did the March on Washington make locally? Find out:
- Watch our interview with SCLC Director of Education and Ithaca Resident Dr. Dorothy Cotton.
- Chat with Dr. Dorothy Cotton during the Digital March on August 28th (her session starts at 6:00pm).
- Read about Ithaca College Professor James Rada, who brought his students to Washington, D.C. to document the stories of Civil Rights Movement foot soldiers. See the documentary Meet Me At Equality on August 30th at 10:00pm on WSKG TV.