Commemorative King Marker For
‘A Rebirth of Freedom Celebration’
This maker is given to honor Dr. Martin Luther King and to link his “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial August 28, 1963 to the ‘unfinished work’ that President Abraham Lincoln spoke of at the Gettysburg Battlefield dedication November 19, 1865.
Five score years ago, a great American in who symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation … But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free … Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy … Now is the time to make justice a reality for all God’s children. Congressional Record, 88th Congress, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1963.
The Behalf of African American Veterans,
Mr. Roy Wilkins, NAACP chief architect of
The Armed Services and Veteran Affairs Division,
And Mr. Thomas H. Wynn, Mr. Willie Simms,
And B.G. (Ret.) Robert A. Cocroft founders of the
National Association for Black Veterans
July 8, 2005
At the onset of the 96th NAACP Convention