Oklahomans Commemorate Anniversary Of 'I Have A Dream' Speech With March

Saturday, August 28th 2021, 7:12 pm
By: Anjelicia Bruton


Today marks the 58th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's, I have a dream speech.

Dozens of Oklahomans marched to the front steps of the Capitol for the city's first march for your rights event. An event commemorating the 58th anniversary of the historic March on Washington led by Martin Luther King Jr.

Protestors took to the Northeast OKC streets, many said still fighting for the same issues Martin Luther King Jr. did in 1963.

Cities nationwide are marching to protect voters rights. Garland Pruitt with the Oklahoma City National Association of the Advancement of Colored People said accountability starts with paying attention to what's going in Congress and making your voice heard.

“It's major then and it's major now. Our democracy is depending on us to be able to participate in the political process, so it's mandatory, necessary that we stand up that we speak up for something different then what we're seeing,” Pruitt said.

The NAACP, Pride Alliance, and other groups attended the march. Sheri Dickerson with Black Lives Matter OKC encouraged protestors that if even if you feel no one is listening to always march for your rights.

“Be very bold in our messaging. Be consistent and we're also going to have to learn how to one really take care of one another,” Dickerson said.

The Black Times said this is just the first of many events to come from their group. Vendors were also made available at the Capitol signing people up to vote.