August 28th marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Best known for Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech, it was also a pivotal moment in the history of the civil rights movement.
Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic talks with a Rhode Islander who was one of the quarter-of-a-million people there.
Monteiro went on to work as a body guard for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Selma to Montgomery march. He describes the slain civil rights leader as a quiet man who enjoyed a good joke.
The daughter of the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. will be in Providence this week. The Reverend Bernice King will deliver the annual Martin Luther King Jr. lecture at Brown University. Her talk begins at four Wednesday afternoon in the Salomon Center for Teaching. It is free and open to the public.
King’s talk will focus on health care disparities and other issues of social inequality.