9. "I Have A Dream" 1 The protests of the summer of 1963 were beginning to bear fruit as companies began to hire black people when they hadn't before, and there was more integration than ever before. 2 President Kennedy asked for a civil rights bill from Congress to end segregation, yet still, the biggest change was among black Americans who had a new pride, and were beginning to stand. 3 The culmination of events took place in August with the March on Washington to protest unjust conditions and demand "jobs and freedom" -- on August 28th, they marched on Washington. 4 More than 250,000 Americans were there, of every race and religion, and from everywhere. At the Lincoln Memorial, they heard King exclaim that he had a dream, which history acclaims. 5 And the quarter of a million Americans asked that Congress immediately complete its task; indeed, its duty, and pass the new law -- it passed, but it was a law JFK never saw. 6 The President who had spoken to the nation and said that discrimination must be brought to an end, was cut down in Dallas late in the Fall, and the nation was burdened and bent by the pall. 7 But only five days after the President was killed, the new President spoke demanding that the bill for civil rights be passed immediately as the best way to honor John F. Kennedy. 8 And as he stood before the US Congress demanding that they get on with the process, these words echoed through the chamber from President Johnson: "We Shall Overcome!" 9 It only took from that day until July the Second when Congress passed the bill, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which went further than any law had before. 10 No one could be kept from a public place -- accommodations or facilities -- on account of race, and much discrimination was wiped away -- America had entered onto a new day. 11 And the name of the Reverend Martin Luther King was known the world around. This would bring to him many honors, among them that year, was the Nobel Peace Prize. None could be more dear. 12 This award, King said, spoke for all those who had sought out justice against all its foes following nonviolent ways in the great quest -- the award was for them, as was his success. 13 Yet King was aware that the great fight had only begun. He knew he was right, but this award, he said, he would be sure would give him new courage that he might endure. 10. Selma to Montgomery 1 And endure he did, as the movement marched on. The effort was launched to get black voters on the registration rolls throughout the states of the South. But they faced much hate. 2 Civil rights workers faced violence from those hidden in darkness and striking with guns while hidden behind hoods of cowardice, but it was for freedom they paid the price. 3 The fight took King to Selma that year, a city that was greatly torn by fear; a city whose populace was predominately black, nearly every one of whom the suffrage lacked. 4 So Dr. King launched an effort in 1965 to register voters in Selma -- a voting rights drive. He led large groups to the courthouse there to register to vote, but they got no where. 5 In seven weeks of trying, 2000 were jailed and one of them was King, but the effort failed to stop them. The nation once more took note of the treatment of people who just wanted to vote. 6 But then a black marcher was shot down and killed one night in a nearby town. And King called for a march that would be held from Selma to Montgomery. 7 George Corley Wallace, the Governor of Alabama said they would never go there. He said the march could not take place, but 650 people set out on the pace. 8 They were met by a wall of so-called lawmen who ordered them back and attacked them then. Many Americans became very angry and thousands came to march to Montgomery. 9 Ministers, priests, rabbis, and union men flowed into town to join together with them. A US judge ordered Wallace to cease trying to stop the march; and insure the peace. 10 The President sent federal troops along. Performers came to entertain with their songs the three thousand who marched those five days, the fifty miles of road as they made their way. 11 Dr. King spoke when the reached Montgomery to the tens of thousands who had come to be a part of the effort, to this capital town, and King said they would not be turned around. 12 And just before that march began, President Johnson went to Congress to demand a voting rights bill, which they passed, and which has allowed untold votes to be cast. 13 It provided that federal registrars would go in to register voters where there was low minority registration; and literacy tests were limited. The issue was being addressed. Continue