Martin Luther King

Eileen Pace

DreamWeek continues in San Antonio leading up to the Martin Luther King Jr. March on Monday, Jan. 18.  East Side leaders gathered Monday morning to kick off a new revitalization effort for the community that hosts the march. 


You may have heard  people speak about DreamWeek recently and want to know more about it. I spoke with spokeswoman Nicole Bernal, and she's definitely a glass-half-full kind of person.

"If you can change one mind or enlighten one person I think the whole summit is worth it."

That summit is DreamWeek, a massive series of city- and community-sponsored events.

"DreamWeek takes place in downtown San Antonio over 12 days in January. And it's a summit of events--this year we have over 150."

Fifty years ago, civil rights protesters began their successful march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., two weeks after a crackdown by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday. NPR talked with three people from different parts of the country, of different races and religions, who answered the call from Martin Luther King Jr. to join the marchers.

Todd Endo:

Historically speaking, I need your help.

Davis Houck, a communications professor at Florida State University, recently pointed me toward a little-explored archive at Stanford University called Project South.

Shortly after winning the Nobel Peace Prize and coming back from Selma, Ala., where residents were protesting discrimination and repeated police brutality, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a lesser-known speech to a full house at the Temple Israel of Hollywood in Los Angeles in 1965.

Formally dressed in his dark minister's robes, he told the 1,400 people assembled how much their support meant to those in the thick of the struggle.