A group of my family members took the journey to Washington to witness Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech and to join the March on Washington. I was not able to be there because I had to take care of my grandmother who was sick at the time
I was sitting at the kitchen table finishing my cereal for breakfast. My mother, father, and sister had just gotten back the night before, so I had prepared dinner and slaved away to clean the house for their arrival.
I want to know how the speech and march was. I should ask my family
I decided to talk to my dad, who I knew would be the most observant out of the bunch. he was more than happy to share his experience with me
"Dr. King's speech was particularly slow, but it gave you the effect that his voice was ‘like thunder rolling from a distance’(Euchner 55). He emphasized ‘the horrors of the black’s position in American life,’ and he brought to our attention the true brutality of which was placed upon these people (Euchner 56). I wish you could've been there"
Next I went to look for my sister, who I knew would be in a foul mood because she didn't get to go shopping with her friends. I chanced a response anyway and headed up to her room
They all supported every word he said. Everyone was so engaged into what he had to explain. From every direction you would hear random shouts of ‘You got it! Yes it is! Yeah! Amen! Now is the time!’ (Euchner 57). You could feel the adrenaline running through everyone that was there, and that’s really what made me think about how much we have to accomplish and how much we have already accomplished with civil equality. We ‘placed our lives, with all trust and confidence, in each other’s hands’ (Soueif).
I settled with a light questions just in case. I asked her about the crowd, how big it was, and how they reacted to the his speech.