What Do Your Remember About Today? Asks Dr Martin Luther King Jr

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On August 28, 1983,  a coalition of people from across the country gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in a peaceful march to rekindle Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream of economic opportunity and equal justice for all.  Twenty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech,  250,000 people gathered to continue his dream and legacy. I was there.

I remember it as a hot, muggy day in my home city and I began the day with the intent to document what was happening. There was no mobile phone or our social media in existence then to tell the story. My only technology was a Pentax SLR camera and 40 rolls of Kodak film. I was unaware how the images I created and my experience changed how I see and my life behind the camera. The camera had to be more than a tool used to document a moment. It was then I began to wonder how to use the camera to create an experience. 

What I remember today about that day in 1983 was being moved by my experience to see differently. Today, nearly 40 years later, my work in real estate has expanded to help people think differently housing and understand how the benefits of the Fair Housing Act (1968) and Fair Housing Amendments Act (1988). This year as  Co-Chair of the Education Committee at the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, it is my hope to increase our knowledge about access to affordable housing by thinking differently about it. 

A important lesson to remember from 1983 is that the actions of 250,000 people made a start in building Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. A few months after this March on Washington for Jobs, Peace and Freedom to commerate the 1963 March and Martin Luther Kings, Jr's speech, President Ronald Reagan signed into law on November 2, 1983  a statue creating Martin Luther King Day. It took more time to become a federal holiday. King's birthday was made a state government holiday in all 50 states by 2000. Every third Monday in January is now marked as a holiday to celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King's Jr.'s birthday.

Although I have heard stories and read about Martin Luther King's Jr.'s 1963 speech, there is nothing like hearing him speak his words in his voice, today. Thanks to our technology and the internet, you can listen to him here now.

Thank you for reading and perhaps thinking about today and our future together differently. Emily Medvec



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Comments (13)

Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

We lost so many amazing Americans in the 1960s.  We couldn't even catch our breath from all the assassinations.  First there was President Kennedy in November 1963, then Martin Luther King in April of 1968, quickly followed by Robert Kennedy in June 1968.  I often wonder what the country would have been like, should they have survived, and not been robbed of their rightful destiny.

Jan 16, 2023 05:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Emily, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Jan 16, 2023 05:12 PM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

Myrl, thank you for the feature here. I was in Los Angeles and on Senator Eugene McCarthy's campaign staff. I can still close my eyes see all that happened when Robert Kennedy was assassinated! Wondering what our life and communities could be...keeps me on the path of many dreams. Wishing you the best this coming year. Stay hopeful and always know we can make a difference!

Jan 16, 2023 05:25 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Emily - thank you for sharing this memory.  Your reply comment to Myrl added to the post as well.  

Jan 16, 2023 06:53 PM
Emily Medvec

Morning Michael, I appreciate your reading and thoughts. Every day we have opportunities. Sometimes I get caught up in the trivia of the day or work for that matter and forget the bigger picture. Yesterday, helped me clear the decks for a better future. 

Jan 17, 2023 06:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, Emily... how amazing that you were there in 1983. It's the kind of event that one never forgets. I don't care what part of the political spectrum one might be on... the message from Dr Martin Luther King, Jr is one that all should support.

Jan 17, 2023 05:23 AM
Emily Medvec

Morning Nina, as we connect here I often discover how we experience what happened is similar. Living on Capitol Hill for twenty-five years gave me a front seat to all kinds of events and an opportunity to participate. I've had to learn how to make a difference in my community and encourage others not to be complacent or believe nothing will change unless you destroy it. I added the audio of MLK's so anyone reading can go back and... be there!

Jan 17, 2023 06:15 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Your photos certainly captured what was going on that day very well, I am glad that you shared them with us and I am glad that you got to experience that day in person!

Jan 17, 2023 05:32 AM
Emily Medvec

Good morning, Brian. Thank you for saying the images told more of the story of being there. I went on a hunt in my studio to find them tucked in file cabinets. When I reach in to a random folder of prints and negatives, the first image I pulled was of me taken by someone else. Seeing myself there opened the door for the words and other images. It is uncanny how things happen when we let them. Thank you!

Jan 17, 2023 06:23 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Emily.

Thank you very much for sharing some of your memories.

Jan 17, 2023 07:40 AM
Emily Medvec

Morning Roy, our snow got in my ActiveRain time. Thank  you for stopping by and taking a look at my post. 

Jan 21, 2023 08:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Emily- you add another layer to the day we celebrated yesterday. Your photos give us even more insight into that time period. His beliefs transcend any political leanings...they are true for all of us. 

Jan 17, 2023 10:34 AM
Emily Medvec

Morning Kathy, thank you for being here. Our connetions here do help us transcend political leanings and help us be better for our family, community and clients. 

Jan 21, 2023 08:19 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Emily Medvec - oh boy do I have memories! I thought about sharing my memories but opted not too. It was tooooo painful. The building that Martin Luther King lived in in Chicago when he passed away was three miles away from where I lived and grew up. I remember it all. The fear. Rioting. Tear Gas. Sirens, Walking to school in clouds of guns smoke. The terror. 

Jan 20, 2023 03:35 PM
Emily Medvec

Wow, Patricia! For me those early years had so many challenging events, news stories and personal experiences. Sometimes connecting and telling your story helps create support and understanding. Know you always have support from me. 

Jan 21, 2023 08:26 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jan 21, 2023 07:13 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Emily. Dr. King was a brilliant mind and extraordinary orator. I often ponder how different it would be if he had not been killed. A horrific loss. Enjoy your day.

Jan 22, 2023 04:30 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

We indeed lost a great man to a senseless act. I am so glad that his memory lives on.

Jan 22, 2023 10:50 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good  morning Emily,

I juist caught your post when Kathy Streib featured youir post in her "Ah-Ha" moments for the week. What memories you have, thank you so much for sharing your recollections. I always felt Dr. Martin Luther King Jr was an extraordinary speaker..so much wisdom, feeling and care for our country. Was a sad day for us when he was assassinated.

Jan 24, 2023 07:17 AM