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Courtesy: NBC-Learn and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
With the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., we remember the civil rights leader with a selection of videos from "Finishing the Dream," a project by NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
When civil rights leader A. Phillip Randolph proposed a civil rights march in Washington for the summer of 1963, no one knew how large the crowd would be. The number eventually rose above 200,000 people. The marchers, black and white together, crowded around the Lincoln Memorial where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech.
Forty-five years after he and others were beaten during a voting rights march in Alabama, Rep. John Lewis returned to the Selma site of "Bloody Sunday," one of the defining events of the civil rights movement. The violence outraged the nation and President Lyndon Johnson, who ordered federal troops to guard Martin Luther King Jr. and protesters on their march from Selma to Montgomery.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke on Meet The Press one week after leading his historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. King said the demonstration was necessary not just to help push the Voting Rights Bill through, but to draw attention to police brutality and racially-motivated murder in Alabama.
Rep. John Lewis and other witnesses tell the story of the fight for African-American voting rights in the 1960s. They discuss the obstacles and violence faced by Martin Luther King Jr. and many civil rights workers in winning African-Americans the right to vote.
On "Meet the Press," Martin Luther King Jr. talked about his opposition to the Vietnam War and said that despite the riots in American cities, he refused to allow himself "to fall into the dark chambers of pessimism."
NBC Learn is the educational arm of NBC News dedicated to providing resources for students, teachers, and lifelong learners. The online resources NBC Learn has created for the education community leverages nearly 80 years of historic news coverage, documentary materials, and current news broadcasts. Currently two unique offerings, iCue and NBC News Archives on Demand, give students and teachers access to thousands of video clips from the NBC News archives, including great historic moments--from the Great Depression to the Space Race to the latest political coverage. NBC Learn also offers primary source materials, lesson plans and classroom planning resources, and additional text and image resources from our content partners.
About W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, established in 1930, supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.