August 2, 2011
Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the 1963 March on Washington. (Courtesy The Associated Press)

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the 1963 March on Washington. (Courtesy The Associated Press)

Martin Luther King Jr. in the Newseum

WASHINGTON — As the Oct. 16, 2011, date approaches for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, King’s legacy is on permanent display throughout the Newseum.

  • Level 6: The Willard Hotel was the place where King wrote his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. The story is told in an exhibit on the Hank Greenspun Terrace on Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Level 5: “The Press and the Civil Rights Movement,” a Newseum-produced video located in the News Corporation News History Gallery, includes an early television interview with King.
  • Level 5: Historic headlines of landmark moments in civil rights — including the original newspaper front pages of King’s 1963 speech at the March on Washington; Jackie Robinson breaking major league baseball’s color barrier in 1947; and Barack Obama’s 2008 election as the first African-American president — are in the News Corporation News History Gallery.
  • Level 5: The Greensboro, N.C., lunch counter where African-American students refused to leave after being denied service in the “whites only” section in 1960 is also in the News Corporation News History Gallery.
  • Level 3: Excerpts from the “I Have a Dream” speech can be seen and heard in the Bloomberg Internet, TV and Radio Gallery.
  • Level 1: The gripping story behind photographer Moneta Sleet Jr.’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a grieving Coretta Scott King at her husband’s funeral in 1968 is told in the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery.
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