One Summer Dream
"I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation."
Martin Luther King, 28 August 1964
He called that one, didn't he?
|John Lewis in 1963|
Fifty years ago yesterday they came together in Washington. President Kennedy tried to convince A.Phillip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, the two men who had organized the march, to call the whole thing off. JFK was paranoid about an outbreak of violence. The following year he was up for reelection and he knew that the GOP would find a way to place the blame at his feet if anything went amiss. The president need not have worried. This was a revolution of love.
Ironically, Kennedy's political worries were all in vain. He wouldn't live to see Election Day 1964. Less than three months after the March on Washington he went to Dallas. Wasn't that a time? It's almost like a dream.