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Visitors flood the Lincoln Memorial and stand on the same steps that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his infamous, "I Have A Dream," speech on.

Visitors flood the Lincoln Memorial and stand on the same steps that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his infamous, "I Have A Dream," speech on. 1Picture by Molly EllisonFrom left, Freedom Riders Moses Newson, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, Reverend Reginald Green, Dion Diamond, and Joan C. Browning, discuss their experiences on the famous buses that carried desegregationists through the Deep South in 1961.2Picture by Emma LansworthFreedom Rider Dion Diamond discusses how he differs from other freedom riders, in that he sees non-violence as a tactic rather than a personal philosophy. 3Picture by Emma LansworthAn actor sings Martin Luther King, Jr.'s favorite hymn.4Picture by Emma LansworthAn image of Martin Luther King speaking to a crowd is projected onto a screen as the actor stands aside and King's famous "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech.5Picture by Emma LansworthAudience members join hands as they sing "We Shall Overcome," the anthem of the Civil Rights movement. 6Picture by Emma LansworthA museum worker adjusts the sticky notes visitors posted on a board asking them what their dreams were.7Picture by Emma LansworthA few of the many dreams posted on the board, which ranged from world peace to getting jobs.8Picture by Emma LansworthAn actress playing Diane Lawson, a non violence protester, carries a sign encouraging desegregation at the famous Greensboro lunch counter. The Greensboro sit ins were a series of non violent protests where black students from the Agricultural and Technical College of North Carolina sat at the whites only lunch counter at the Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina.9Picture by Emma LansworthThe actress playing Diane Lawson speaks to the audience about non violent protest strategies.10Picture by Emma LansworthAudience members sit in chairs as though they were at the Woolworth's lunch counter, and learn how to resist animosity from segregationist crowds.11Picture by Emma LansworthAnother board in the museum asks visitors what causes they believe in standing up for.12Picture by Emma LansworthDr. Phoebe Farris, a member of the Powhatan/Renape tribes, gives a talk on the work of various mixed American Indian, African American, and Latin American artists. 13Picture by Molly EllisonIn order to get the full experience of the museum and festival events, visitors take a guided tour. 14Picture by Molly EllisonParents and their children participate in themed arts and crafts activities at the American Indian Museum's MLK celebration event. 15Picture by Molly EllisonVisitors come and go throughout the entire main floor of the National Museum of the American Indian during the second day of the museum's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration. The museum's event, called, "Sharing the Dream: A Multicultural Celebration of Love & Justice," hosted a variety of activities including arts and crafts, performances, and guest speakers. 16Picture by Molly EllisonThe three members of the Martha Redbone Trio perform on the main floor of the Museum. The pieces performed reflected the experiences of American Indians and infused strong lead vocals with modern twists, the electric guitar and piano. 17Picture by Molly Ellison

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  • Critic on January 20, 2011 at 7:44 PM
    Was the caption really intended to use the word "infamous" when describing the speech? Probably meant famous. That's a serious mistake, though.
  • Critic on January 20, 2011 at 7:45 PM
    Something's missing in this caption. It's not grammatically correct. Please review.
  • Critic on January 20, 2011 at 7:49 PM
    Nice panorama of the Museum of the American Indian. Good on location work throughout this gallery.
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