Stories of the Dream: A Civil Rights Social Media History

Last weekend marked the 47th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous celebrated this historic event alongside NAACP supporters and other civil rights leaders in the streets of our nation’s Capital, recalling Dr. King’s message, and reminding the crowd that we have come too far to turn back:

The 1963 March represented a turning point in the history of the Civil Rights movement. More than a quarter-million people flooded the National Mall on August 28 to demand that President Kennedy and Congress work to pass landmark civil rights legislation—legislation that would pass the following year.

Many NAACP members and supporters were there that day, while thousands more gathered around black and white television screens to watch history unfold. Today, the march and the Dream speech have made their way into the history curriculum of public schools, and a generation of young people has watched Dr. King give his iconic address from the classroom. Everyone, it seems, has a connection to that day.

This year, the NAACP decided to capture these stories, in the first-ever social media telling of the 1963 march. We asked our supporters to share their stories of the day, and to use Facebook and Twitter to encourage their friends and loved ones to do the same. The results were amazing.