It was 50 years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have a Dream speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Today in front of the Brown v Board National Historic Site, students from four of our high schools took part in a celebration of the March on Washington a half century ago.
The Topeka High School drum line helped create an atmosphere of excitement before the event began. The Highland Park High School ROTC presented the colors as Hope Street students helped with the Pledge of Allegiance. Topeka West High School singers provided music.
Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech was read by Topeka High School student Dele Adgebore. Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation honoring this day. He then helped ring a bell at 2 p.m., the same time that bells were to ring throughout the United States.