Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. (Click the link to watch the speech in its entirety.)
We normally think of Calvin Trillin as a food writer—and an immensely talented one, at that—but in 1963, he was a 27-year old reporter covering the March on Washington for The New Yorker. Click here to read Trillin’s account of that summer morning leading up to the March.
Recall that in the “I Have a Dream” speech, King prayed for the day when “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
Legally, that day came on July 2, 1964, when President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Among other measures, the Act outlawed segregation in public spaces such as restaurants. But here in the South, do we truly sit at a table of brotherhood, or are we still chasing that dream? These questions will be the focus of the SFA’s programming in 2014, looking at inclusion and exclusion at the Southern table in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.