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|"The Dream" Remembered at County Courthouse
|The lawn of the Knox County Courthouse turned into a gathering place Wednesday evening to celebrate one of the most famous speeches of the 20th century.
The Galesburg NAACP and the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee organized the gathering with the City to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
The anniversary not only marks the date of the speech, but also the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" where more than 250,000 individuals participated.
Hundreds of people arrived to show their support for the ceremony representing unions, churches, the NAACP, and local government.
Mayor and WGIL Owner John Pritchard and Knox College President Dr. Teresa Amott were invited to address the crowd to share what King's words meant to them.
Amott highlighted the history of Galesburg as an active stop on the Underground Railroad as well as the the celebration of the Civil rights and Voting rights acts.
"Together, these laws provided equal access to public accommodations," Amott said. "They banned racial discrimination in employment. And they opened the path to voting for millions of African-American citizens in the Jim Crow south and elsewhere."
Both the City of Galesburg and the County Board presented proclamations in support of the gathering.
The event was one of hundreds across the County Wednesday to recognize and remember the achievements of the civil rights leader.
Those in attendance at the Knox County Courthouse participated in song and prayer during Wednesday's ceremony.
|08 28 13 by Newsroom
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