Martin County Library System Press Releases

August 16, 2013

50th anniversary of “I Have a Dream” speech celebrated at Blake Library September 6

For immediate release:  August 16, 2013
Contact:  Alicen Kikkert,  Martin County Library System, Public Relations, 772-463-3205  
Indian River State College Professors Matthew Brooks and Robert Farley show and discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic 12-minute “I Have a Dream” speech Friday, September 6 from 2:30 – 5:00 pm in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.

Professors Brooks and Farley will analyze “I Have a Dream” from historical and literary points of view. The speech was delivered fifty years ago on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and enabled Dr. King to win the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

At 4:00 pm, Professor Farley moderates a panel discussion of prominent African-American leaders, including Stuart Mayor Eula Clarke, former Martin County Commissioner Elmira Gainey, and Mary Ann Carroll, local Florida Highwaymen artist. Other prominent local leaders will be on hand to contribute during a Q&A session afterward.


(Photo: From left – Mary Ann Carroll, Eula Clarke, Elmira Gainey)

This presentation, one of several Journey Stories events for adults, is brought to you by a grant received from the Florida Humanities Council to complement the Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories traveling exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Museum. The exhibit will be on display at the Elisabeth Lahti Library October 19 through November 30. Eighteen months of events exploring Journey Stories themes will take place at Martin County libraries leading up to and immediately following the Smithsonian exhibit.

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