“The Dream” was published by Harper Collins in 2003 coincide
40th anniversary of the March on Washington. Hansen became a
popular guest speaker after the book’s release, giving numerous
talks on King and the speech over the last decade. As the
50-year anniversary of the march approaches, he is once again
sharing his insights.
USA Today story published earlier this month, Hansen noted the
“Dream” speech slid toward obscurity in the years after it was
delivered. The speech returned to prominence only after King’s
death in 1968, and became – “one of those things we look to when we
want to know what America means,” Hansen told the paper. Continue reading →
A lifelong friend of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be among a
group of speakers visiting Bainbridge
High School this week, as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Rev. Samuel Berry McKinney and four other guest speakers will
reflect on the legacy of King and the civil rights movement at the
high school Wednesday. A public presentation will be held at 7 p.m.
in the LGI building as part of the “Carrying on the Dream”
McKinney attended Morehouse College with King in the 1940s and
they remained close. McKinney supported civil rights protests in
Seattle in the 1960s as a pastor at Mount Zion Baptist Church.
King’s visit to the city in 1961 and later joined King for
marches in Selma and Montgomery, Ala.
Appearing with McKinney on Bainbridge will be Patricia Moncure
Thomas, president of the Black Historical Society of
Kitsap County; state Rep. Drew Hansen, author of “The Dream:
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation;” Dr.
Rosie Rimando Chareunsap, a 1995 BHS graduate and vice president at
South Seattle Community College; and Ali Saunders, a BHS senior and
president of the school’s United Brothers & Sisters Club.
McKinney and Hansen will visit with Bainbridge classes during
the day. The evening presentation is free and donations are
The public program was organized by the Sing Out Kitsap
committee in cooperation with the school district; the
Bainbridge Island Schools Foundation; UBS club; the district’s
Multicultural Advisory Committeeand the Filipino American