This weekend, we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s.
King is most famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech delivered in Washington, D.C., and the work he did in the South, but he also stopped in Sacramento and spoke at Hornet Stadium at California State University, Sacramento, on Oct. 16, 1967.
On that day, King outlined his goals and ideals for the future, according to The Huffington Post. He said he was glad to be in an academic setting for the speech, and he urged Americans to fight to end segregation, noting that in the 18 months before his speech, 58 African American churches had been burned in Mississippi.
March for the Dream and a Discussion on Civil Rights
The March for the Dream in Sacramento is the largest march in King's honor in the state, and the second-largest one west of the Mississippi River, drawing a diverse group of more than 28,000. Taking part in the march is free, but marchers also have the option to register and collect pledges to help eliminate the academic and opportunity gap, according to the march website.
Other Events on Marting Luther King Day
Monday is the last day for Ice Skating at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, and the Harlem Globetrotters: You Write the Rules World Tour will be performing at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento at 2 p.m.
(Top image of King speaking at CSUS courtesy Center for Sacramento History. More photos of King, including another of him speaking at CSUS, can be found in a Sacramento Bee photo gallery).