Honoring the March on Washington – “I Am”

August 2, 2013 · by Staff · Featured

On August 28, 2013, celebrations will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.  In consideration of this historic anniversary, Executive Director Maxine Fitzpatrick shared the following poetry from a past PCRI resident:

As Ms. Fitzpatrick recounts, Nadirah Gooden was living in a PCRI property with her family at the time she wrote the poem, which was published in the Oregonian in January 1996.

“She is an extremely talented young lady and to write something like this at the age of 15 is impressive,” Ms. Fitzpatrick added.

For many, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s landmark “I Have a Dream” speech is the most well-known part of the rally.  The Oregon Historical Society, among other organizations, are hosting several events commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s speech and the March on Washington.  Information about their events are listed HERE.

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