In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.‘s I Have a Dream speech, given during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963, we are reminded that King appeared at Orchestra Hall on seven occasions, all presented under the auspices of the Sunday Evening Club:

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Martin Luther King, Jr. onstage at Orchestra Hall on March 14, 1965 (Chicago Tribune photo)

January 12, 1958
April 19, 1959
February 21, 1960
January 29, 1961
April 15, 1962
January 27, 1963
March 14, 1965

During his final appearance, King addressed a capacity crowd at Orchestra Hall (several hundred people had to be turned away at the door) in the aftermath of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, in which citizens marching for African American voting rights were brutally assaulted by heavily armed state troopers, in full view of photographers and journalists. The next week, King returned to Selma, leading thousands in a march to the state capitol of Montgomery, contributing to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Chicago Tribune article courtesy of Proquest via the Chicago Public Library.