Were you there to hear the “I Have a Dream speech”? Or do you know one of the 1,000 Lutherans who heard King’s speech in person during summer 1963? To connect with others who were in that crowd or share your own memories, leave your comments at the end of this article.
ride to Washington, D.C., with three parishioners. He joined approximately 1,000 Lutherans from all over the country at the march, where 80 percent of the protesters were African-American.
When the invitation came to join the march on Washington for racial equality on Aug. 28, 1963, Kuehne said there was no question about going.
He traveled to Manhattan with Robert E. Johnson, a junior at Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y., who later was ordained. The other two, John Hart, a New York City Fire Department lieutenant, and Wilbur Hamje, a Jamaica [N.Y.] High School music director, are deceased. But on that day, the four boarded buses outside St. Luke Lutheran Church in Times Square.
|Harald K. Kuehne, Long Island, N.Y.|
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