The dream continues

George and Viola Taliaferro will never forget about their opportunity to witness one of the most iconic speeches in American history. They were just an hour away.

“We lived in Baltimore, Maryland,” Mrs. Taliaferro said. “I could not go to the March on Washington because our youngest daughter was sick.”

Mrs. Taliaferro put her head down in grief as she recalled how she felt in that moment.

“And I sat there in our bedroom with her in my arms, watching it on television with tears rolling down my face,” Mrs. Taliaferro recalled, “I mean, it was — it’s hard to describe it how we felt about Martin, how Martin said for all of us what needed to be said and backed it up.”

On August 28th 1963, 34–year-old minister Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin led hundreds of thousands of people in a rally in the nations capital for economic and social equality in America.

The march became officially known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
The Taliaferros, as well as others who lived during that time, could not have predicted how this moment would be recorded in history. King’s “I have a Dream” speech shook the nation and is still regarded today as one of the most famous speeches of all time.

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