(Sep. 09, 2013)
Keeping the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. alive, the King Center Imaging Project Exhibit was showcased on the National Mall as part of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in August.
The imaging project, which has digitized more than 200,000 documents from Dr. King and other notable American civil rights leaders, was funded and coordinated by JPMorgan Chase through the firm's Technology for Social Good program.
Inspiring, beautiful and educational were some of the words used to describe the vast digital archive of Dr. King's documents by the more than 12,000 visitors to the exhibit. While many visitors were surprised by the scale of the project, others were brought to tears as they walked through the exhibit, which also offered a space to share stories of the past and present. Some visitors commented that Dr. King would have been honored to have his correspondence shared with the world.
Crowd at Dream Wall
Dr. King's son, Martin Luther King III, visited the exhibit and was moved when he read a telegram sent by his father to his sister, Yolanda, on her birthday. In the telegram, Dr. King explained that he would be unable to attend her birthday as he was away "fighting" for civil rights.
In addition to Martin Luther King III, other VIP visitors to the exhibit included Ambassador Andrew Young, Dick Gregory, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
One of the exhibit's highlights was the large "My Dream Is" wall, which featured thousands of dreams handwritten by visitors ranging in age from 3 years old to 90. Digital kiosks also allowed visitors to submit their dreams directly on the King Center website.
Technology for Social Good combined all three of the traveling MLK exhibits for the 50th anniversary weekend activities to accommodate the large crowds. Volunteers supporting the MLK exhibits logged more than 200 hours over the weekend to ensure visitors had a meaningful experience.
Many visitors pledged to share the King Center's website address (www.thekingcenter.org) so that the work of Dr. King and other civil rights leaders can continue to inspire all people to work towards equality and a better future.
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