Fifty years ago today, Doctor Martin Luther King Junior led an estimated quarter of a million people in the March On Washington. The march, on August 28th, 1963, was one of the largest rallies for human rights in the United States and the crux of the Civil Rights Movement.
Manny Scott, one of the Freedom Writers, recently visited West Texas. The Freedom Writers were a group of California high school students in the 1990s who strove to rise out of their gritty, low-achieving surroundings by channeling their energies into writing in diaries for an inspirational teacher. Scott, who makes his living as a motivational speaker now, spoke to area teachers on the eve of the new school year. He also shares his story of inspiration and how Dr. King’s work and the Civil Rights Movement made an impact on him.
For Marfa Public Radio, Natalie Pattillo reports.