“We walked everyday from sunup to sunset.”

In late August, 1963, the March on Washington led hundreds of thousands of Americans to the Lincoln Memorial, where Martin Luther King gave his famous, “I have a Dream” address, calling for racial equality.

Lawrence Cumberbatch walked from New York City to Washington DC in order to participate.

The 16-year-old made the trek with Brooklyn’s chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality, known as CORE.

His parents thought two weeks on the open road was too dangerous for a teenager, and, as Lawrence told his son, Simeon, at StoryCorps, they tried to dissuade him.

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Recorded in New York City, New York

Music Info: "How I got Over (Live)" by Mahalia Jackson from the album "The Essential Mahalia Jackson"

This is the song Jackson sang directly after King finished his "I Have a Dream" speech.

Produced by Katie Simon with Eve Claxton
Facilitated by Michael Garofalo
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