Simon Balto

Simon Balto is a graduate student in History and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 12:57pm
Hurricane Katrina, Martin Luther King, and the Violence of US Racial History
Had Hurricane Irene not intervened on events in Washington, this weekend would have seen an expected quarter of a million people on hand in D.C. to witness the official dedication of the memorial in Washington, D.C. to honor Dr. Martin Luther King. In a nod to civil rights history, planners of the dedication ceremony purposefully scheduled it for this Sunday, August 28, in order that it would coincide with the forty-eighth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, at which King delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.
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