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New Music inspired by Dr. King’s Rocky Mount speech set to debut at NC State on April 8

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra of NC State University will perform a program of music by African American composers. The concert will feature the World Premiere of Sinfonietta of Dreams, a newly commissioned composition by composer Jeff Scott. The music will be based on the “Dream” speech MLK gave in Rocky Mount prior to his well-known Washington speech, and

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Rocky Mount Telegram article on Rocky Mount Mills fundraiser for Origin of the Dream

For more information on this fundraiser event, visit Tickets available Here or at Eventbrite (search Origin of the Dream). Events to promote MLK speech movie The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King waves to the crowd during the March for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. BY COREY DAVIS Staff Writer Tuesday, February 20, 2018 A re-creation of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s first ever “I Have a

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Two exciting events in Rocky Mount – February 23rd and 24th!

Rocky Mount Mills is inviting the public for an evening of music, food, and fun with a special ticketed VIP experience to support the film. Sponsors include: Cummins RMEP, Tap 1918, Bull Durham Beer Co, & Carolina Eagle Distributing.  Saturday, February 24th—From the Music Maker Relief Foundation: 4:00-5:00pm– The Branchettes 5:15p-6:15pm- Harvey Dalton Arnold 6:15p-6:30pm- Dr. Jason Miller speaking on Origin of the Dream 6:30p-7:30pm- Cool John Ferguson 8:00p-9:00pm-Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen. For more information on this fundraiser event, visit Tickets available Here or at:

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First episode of Origin of the Dream Podcast now available!

Check out Episode One of the Origin of the Dream podcast where Co-Producer Cash Michaels interviews Director Rebecca Cerese and Producer Jason Miller. I couldn’t embed the player so please click on the link below!  

50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech

On April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his death, Dr. King delivered a powerful and controversial speech at Riverside Church in New York, where he denounced the Vietnam War. This action angered President Johnson, who had been an ally, and alienated many of King’s supporters who wanted him to “stick to Civil Rights.” Sadly, the issues addressed in this speech, are just as relevant, if not more relevant to

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Performance commemorates MLK speech

By LaMonique Hamilton Staff Writer Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday evening at the Imperial Centre to premiere the Arts Center’s “Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad” exhibit with a presentation combining music, the poetry of Langston Hughes and re-enactments of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s precursor to his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech with the trailer for the documentary “Origin of the Dream.” At

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  Never before heard recording of 1962 version in Rocky Mt. revealed   RALEIGH, NC – For many years historians knew that civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had first delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount, NC on Nov. 27th, 1962 – eight months prior to his historic rendering of the iconic refrain at the August 28th, 1963 March

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I have a Dream

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.