After 55 years, attendee looks back on Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech

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COLUMBUS, (WCMH) – 55 years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior ended a major civil rights march in Washington, D.C. with a speech for the ages at the Lincoln Memorial.  His “I have a dream”  speech continues to touch so many throughout the world and even right here in Central Ohio.  Ann Walker was among thousands who crowded D.C. that day. 

“Well, the whole experience of being there and hearing it firsthand still has a lot of meaning for me,” said  Walker.

It’s been 55 years since she stood among a crowd of thousands with her eldest son to hear Dr. King’s speech.

“I just feel that I was one of the fortunate few who could be there and what we didn’t recognize at that time the importance of the speech because almost everything he said was important,” said Walker.

From her perspective, she says King’s speech has helped build relationships between all cultures and all ethnic groups.  To this day, comparing where we are as a nation now, Walker still feels like Dr. King’s message isn’t being accepted by many.

“Even today his dream has not been realized.  Will it ever be? There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be but at this point, with all that’s going on in this country, it hasn’t been realized and we have a lot of work to still do,” said Walker.

Ms. Walker says she will continue to share her story so the future generations will never forget that important day.

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