Rochester Remembers The Dream

Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history. Half a century ago, hundreds of thousands of people marched on Washington and gathered to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I have a dream” speech.

50 years on and Del smith, director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in Rochester, says we’ve made a lot of progress, but the business community is still catching up.

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In this Q&A interview, Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and author of  The Diverse Schools Dilemma: A Parent's Guide to Socioeconomically Mixed Public Schools, talks with WXXI's Hélène Biandudi Hofer about the case for diverse schools in the US today. Petrilli says the fight for integrated schools has in some ways lost its salience to many people. He says surveys show the preference for and attachment to neighborhood schools seems to be of greater importance. But he adds the case for diverse schools is strong - in particular for low income and minority students.


Part Three of the Series, "Rochester Remembers the Dream."

All this week, WXXI News presents a five part series called "50 Years Later: Rochester Remembers the Dream," to coincide with the anniversary of the historic March on Washington. In Part 3 of our series, WXXI's Hélène Biandudi Hofer reports on the decline of one of the major efforts of the civil rights movement - racially diverse schools. She looks at the current state of a Rochester-based school desegregation program that began in the '60s.


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Part Two of the Series, "Rochester Remembers the Dream."

All this week, WXXI News presents a five part series called " 50 years later, Rochester Remembers the Dream," to coincide with the anniversary of the historic  civil rights march on Washington.  In Part 2,  of our series, WXXI's Carlet Cleare reports on a local minister who is reflecting on the 1963 march, and the role of the black church in the civil rights movement.

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All this week, WXXI News presents a five part series called "50 years later, Rochester Remembers the Dream," to coincide with the anniversary of the historic Civil Rights March on Washington.  In part one of our series, WXXI'S Beth Adams talks with two Rochesterians who were among the white Americans joining the march in 1963.

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WASHINGTON (AP & WXXI News) — Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled.

The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured fire hoses, police abuse and indignities to demand equality for African Americans. But there was a strong theme of unfinished business.

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WASHINGTON (AP & WXXI News) — Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in a march on the National Mall ahead of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The march scheduled Saturday comes a few days before the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, event that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his "I Have a Dream" speech.