Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. declared “I have a Dream,” crowds once again converged on the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor his legacy and the civil rights movement.
Six Marylanders look back on the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, and its effect on their lives. Said Joyce Dennison, 71, a retired Baltimore schoolteacher: “It didn’t matter what socioeconomic group, religion or ethnicity you belonged to. There was a great feeling of humanity.”
Story by Jonathan Pitts
Portrait photos by Kim Hairston and Algerina Perna
When William Lewis Moore began his one-man march through the South protesting segregation, friends, family and fellow activists warned him he might not make it out alive. But the Baltimore postman was ardent about hand-delivering a letter addressed to the Mississippi governor, urging the staunch segregationist to change his mind. His walk ended along the side of the road in Alabama, when he was shot in the head and neck by an unknown killer.