On Tuesday the 22th of August in 2013, Newseum hosted an exclusive celebration for MLK Dream 50 anniversary in Washington D.C. On the evening before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington it was the biggest book signing discussion forum of this summer. Who knew one establishment could hold so much history in one building. Neweum is a one stop shop for everything news to include seven levels of galleries, theaters, retail spaces and visitor services; the ultimate behind the scenes experience concerning how and why news is made.
The celebration took place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with a book signing that followed the main event. Did you know? The Newseum in partnership with the National Council of Negro Women presented this event titled “Covering Civil Rights: On the Front Lines.” This was an event that honored Elder Bernice King, CEO of The King Center and daughter of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Ingrid Saunders Jones, the chair of the National Council of Negro Women presented Elder Bernice King with an award. Following the award presentation Bernice give an acceptance speech that mainly referenced a quote from her dad’s “I Have a Dream “ speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” She then went on to say that American should hope to become a better nation based on good character.
During the celebration attendees also enjoyed a conversation between revolutionary journalist Simeon Booker and the entertaining SiriusXM host Joe Madison. This was a very informative discussion about how the prominence of news reporting helped support the civil rights era. Did you know? Award winning journalist, Simeon Booker was the first African American staff reporter for the Washington Post. As the story goes Booker was on the front lines of virtually every major event of the civil rights revolution, including Emmett Till’s disappearance and death in 1955 which he covered in Jet Magazine. You should know history wrote, Jet magazine became nationally famous in 1955 for its realistic and graphic reporting of the murder of Emmett Till.
Talk about a night to remember: some of the best details into the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from “the original baby girl of the civil right era,” his daughter Elder Bernice King and some of the best journalism advice from the revolutionary journalist Simeon Booker. The coolest part of the event with the meet and greet of ‘Freedom Riders from 1961’ during the book signing.
Don’t forget to check out the current “Make Some Noise: Students and the Civil Right Movement” exhibit at the Newseum which climaxes news coverage of significant civil rights events from 1963.
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