Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream was to see people of all countries, races, and religions living together in harmony. His ‘I have a Dream’ speech was delivered on August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd of 250,000. Dr. King made references to our founding fathers and the Bible, maintaining a positive and uplifting tone. A famous passage includes, ‘ I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character’. His speech was televised and brought favorable exposure to the movement and the landmark passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At this “I Have a Dream” Workshop for Kids, Museum Educator Katherine Karlik will have the kids listen to an excerpt from King’s famous speech, and talk about his vision – and their dreams for a better world. The workshop project is creating a small canvas banner, personalized with their dreams. The kids will help make their own snack.
Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child. Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-762-7257.
Did You Know?
Summers in Connecticut tobacco fields exposed Dr. Martin Luther King to a desegregated world
“In the summers of 1944 and 1947, a freshman from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia arrived in Connecticut to begin working in the tobacco fields in Simsbury. On Sundays, he and other students would go to the First Church of Christ to attend a service. This particular student, just 15 years old, was selected to be the religious leader for the group of young men and led meetings at the dorms where topics such as changing the world and contributing to society were discussed. His name was Martin Luther King Jr. “ – excerpted from the website of the Simsbury Free Library, Simsbury, CT