Rocky Mount in Edgecombe County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Martin Luther King Jr.
1929 ~ 1968
Erected 2006 by North Carolina Office of Archives & History. (Marker Number E-112.)
Location. 35° 57.177′ N, 77° 47.277′ W. Marker is in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in Edgecombe County. Marker is on Atlantic Avenue (State Highway 97) near Spruce Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rocky Mount NC 27801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jim Thorpe (approx. half a mile away); Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. (approx. 0.6 miles away); Miss Anna Easter Brown (approx. 0.6 miles away); Operation Dixie (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thelonious Monk (approx. 0.7 miles away); Anna Easter Brown (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dr. Junius Daniel Douglas 1874-1973 (approx. ¾ mile away); Dred Wimberly (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rocky Mount.
Regarding Martin Luther King Jr.. A speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. in Rocky Mount on November 27, 1962, has drawn much attention. In that address, before 1,800 in the gymnasium
Near the close he built toward these lines: “I have a dream that one day right here in Rocky Mount, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will meet at the table of brotherhood, knowing that one God brought man to the face of the Earth. I have a dream tonight that one day my little daughter and my two sons will grow up in a world not conscious of the color of their skin, but only conscious of the fact that they are members of the human race. . . .”
Some have asserted that this marked the first use of the “I have a dream” phrase. Clayborne Carson, King Papers editor at Stanford University, has examined the address and declines to say that this was the first such use but states that it “appears to be an important new rhetorical formulation.” Attorney Drew Hansen in 2003 published The Dream, a book-length account of the landmark
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 23, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,012 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.