Buckhannon celebrates Black History Month


Volunteers read MLK speech

BUCKHANNON – The City of Buckhannon celebrated Black History Month by reading of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” gospel event yesterday afternoon at Jawbone Park.

  More than 50 people gathered at the park to join with the Diversity Appreciation Coalition in a celebration of Black History Month with music from the West Virginia Wesleyan Gospel Choir and many volunteers lining up to read a line or two from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech delivered August 28, 1963 during the march on Washington to 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Readers lined up on either side of the stage and came forth taking turns reading a line from Dr. King’s speech.

Extremely windy conditions did not dampen the spirits of those in attendance, and clearly did dampen the spirits of the volunteers lining up to read from Dr. King’s speech

  Buckhannon Mayor David McCauley welcomed those in attendance and handed off the mic to the eager participants.

  Dr. King was the most visible leader of the civil rights movement from the mid 1950s until his untimely death in April 1968 at the hands of assassin James Earl Ray. 

Dr. King believed and supported advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience.

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