November 27, 1962 here In Rocky Mount NC

Real Estate Agent with Fathom Realty NC LLC NC# 235952

Did you know, that before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, he gave part of that speech to a crowded high school gym in Rocky Mount, NC? According to the newspaper article, there were 1800 people gathered at the Booker T. Washington High School to hear Dr. King on the night in 1962. In the link below to the Our State Magazine article, written by Jeremy Markovich, you will find a picture from that night and some excerpts from that speech. 

During some research on King in 2013 by W. Jason Miller, a North Carolina State University English professor, he was lead to contacting a librarian at Braswell Memorial Library who informed him that they had a copy of the transcript from that night, copies of the newspaper article as well as an audio tape. In February 2018, in that same gym from 1962, people gathered to hear the audio tape from 1962 and to listen to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I was not present that night, however, a gentleman that I had worked with in 2018, did go and recalled going that night in 1962 as well.

Dawn of the Dream by Jeremy Markovich - Our State Magazine

Comments (2)

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Kathy Akers, ABR, CRS, GRI, SFR - What a great news story! I didn't know anything about this at all! I'm very glad you published this story here on AR. 

I visited Rocky Mount, NC once for business. I worked for Abbott Laboratories in IL and had to visit the Rocky Mount plant. It was in the 1990's (or maybe early 2000)? and the first time I saw mechanical robots lifting pellets. I was so impressed! Plus, everywhere I went in Rocky Mount, I was treated with kindness and respect. I have a feeling, it was a very memorable time for Dr. Martin Luther King too! His Dream speech was very special and he was too.

Thank you for sharing. I appreciate it very much. 

Oct 30, 2021 03:52 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current posts. I hope all is going well for you.

Happy New Year!

Dec 28, 2021 06:13 AM
Kathy Akers, ABR, CRS, GRI, PSA

Roy, I have not been blogging lately. My path has moved more toward management and I am trying to get my feet planted. I hope to start again in the New Year. Thank you for checking in. Kathy

Dec 28, 2021 09:41 AM