4
| News |

When MLK Visited SMU

^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

Yesterday, of course, was the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service; hence, Emmitt Smith and family's visit to Congo Street, where they joined Brent Brown and bcWORKSHOP. But SMU has actually deemed this MLK Week 2010, with a kick-off King Celebration scheduled for noon today at the Hughes-Trigg Commons followed by events that last through Friday. Which I mention, for the most part, to draw your attention to the university's having made available King's speech at McFarlin Auditorium on March 17, 1966.

It's an estimable march down memory lane: Here's a downloadable file ("for your iPod," natch), and The Daily Campus's coverage of the event. Here too are some excerpts, among them:

I guess probably more than any other question, the one I get over and over again as I journey around our nation, is the question of whether we are making any real progress in race relations. It is a poignant and desperate question on the lips of thousands and millions of people all over this nation. And I guess the only answer I can give to that question is what I consider a realistic one. It avoids the extremes of a deadening pessimism and superficial optimism. I would say that we have come a long, long way in our struggle to make justice a reality for all men but we have a long, long way to go before the problem is solved. And it is this realistic position that I would like to use as a basis for our thinking together this afternoon. As we think of the future of integration and as we think of progress in race relations, we have come a long, long way but we still have a long, long way to go.

On a related note, our Dylan Hollingsworth was at the MLK Day Parade yesterday and took some extraordinary shots. See for yourself.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.