From D. C. Cooper - August 28th - Dr. King's
Hello Fellow Classmates,
I am still excited about seeing so many of you at our recent reunion and at hope this message finds you all in good health.
As I am sure you are all aware, tomorrow, August 28th is a significant date in our nation's history in that it marks the fiftieth (50th) anniversary since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recited his iconic and historic I Have a Dream" speech. This speech has a place of its own in our nation's history in that experts and scholars alike, have ranked it as being the Number #1 political and social speech in the past century. This speech is of particular significance to me because as a college freshman in September of 1978, a mere three (3) after our high school class attended our graduation ceremony, I memorized the "I Have a Dream" speech and it has been indelibly stored in my mind.
I was first asked to recite the speech and did so in front of the entire college student body in during a program to celebrate Black History Month in February 1979 and have been sharing it ever since. To date, I have recited the speech at several colleges, universities, churches, corporations, government facilities, and other venues for the past thirty four (34) years. Over the years, I have shared the speech in front of audiences members totaling in excess of 20,000 and on one occasion, I recited it at the Missouri History Museum in the presence of Dr. Arun Ghandi, the grandson of Mahatma Ghandi.
Some of my renditions have been recorded and can be seen online and below are links to a couple of my past renditions:
#1: Recitation earlier this year at Saint Louis University (SLU):
#2: Recitation at the Go Network in Saint Louis:
Because Dr. King's speech has had an impact on the lives of so many individuals, I felt compelled to share with you. I feel am privileged whenever I have the opportunity to share Dr. King's words and hope that tomorrow, each of you will reflect on the speech and do your part to help to make his dream become a reality!
God Bless the Class of 1978!
Darryl C. "D. C." Cooper