When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington Aug. 28, 1963, Nonie Peterson was too young to appreciate the significance of the words that have helped shape countless lives nationwide.
Today, the community liaison and marketing coordinator from Novi plans to join thousands at the Lincoln Memorial for the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of King’s address during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Like many others from Metro Detroit and around the world, Peterson will reflect on an unforgettable historic message that reverberates in the present.
“Whether you have an opportunity to see the benefits of what transpired in the last 50 years or not, if you’re here, you still have an opportunity to draw from what has taken place … and put it into action,” she said.
From bell-ringing to trips to the nation’s capital, Metro Detroiters today are marking the milestone of a speech that in the past half-century has embedded itself in the American consciousness.
“Every time you hear the speech now, it sends tingles up and down your spine,” said V. Lonnie Peek Jr., a Detroit businessman and minister who attended King’s speech as a college student. “He will never die. … He’ll live beyond his life.”