Juneteenth, 1968 — 50,000 Mass at Lincoln Memorial: Marchers ‘Still Have A Dream,’ Demand End to U.S. Poverty

"'The question is not whether we will be efficacious in provoking Congress to act,' the Rev. Theodore Seamons, pastor of Woodbridge Methodist Church said. 'Nine months after the summer of 1967, in which 85 died and 1,600 were wounded and millions of dollars of property lost, 12 weeks after the issuance of the federal report, which condemned white racism and gave 160 suggestions for action, a few weeks since Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered... The organization of the delegation to the Solidarity Day program of the Poor People's March Wednesday say they are involved in this effort because 'it's something we must do.'"

January, 2002 — Props: RALPH ELLISON’S INVISIBLE MAN, by Gregory Johnson

"Published in 1952, Invisible Man traces the odyssey of an articulate, young, black man who leaves the Jim Crow South in search of greatness. When the budding orator makes his way to New York — a countrified Alice in a big-city Wonderland — he gets trapped in a fun house of distorted self-images that are thrust upon him by fraudulent communists, black militants, and the followers of a mysterious preacher / pimp. After an apocalyptic Harlem riot, he emerges from the sewers a half-sane Brer Rabbit convinced that the truth lies in living outside of history."

November 5, 2008 — A DREAM FULFILLED: For Many, Election Overcomes History of Racism, by Chicago Tribune

"Rosa Parks sat down. Martin Luther King Jr. marched. Barack Obama ran. And on Tuesday night, Obama's marathon reached an unprecedented place in American history. Poll returns built to an insurmountable lead for the African-American candidate, one whose face and words have come to define not just an election but a time in history."