Flash mob marks anniversary of ‘I Have a Dream’ speech

By Bryan Richardson

11:52 am: On Bosco Plaza in front of the Union, K-State student Stephon Hardbridge yelled “I have a dream,” and began clapping his hands and stomping his feet.

Quickly, another student from farther away joined him. Eventually, more than a dozen people met to combine dance and sign language this morning in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington.

The performance was part of a worldwide effort by the organization, “The Dream at 50,” to produce “flash mobs,” large groups of people who assemble seemingly at random to do an activity. Laura Donnelly, K-State dance professor, helped put it together locally.

As the song “Heaven Help Us All,” which was written especially for the occasion, played, a few more people joined in despite not being a part of it originally. By 11:57 a.m., it was over. “Not a mob,” Donnelly said. “A flash group.”

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