Lurlene Sweeting, 81, witnessed "Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream" speech. At the time, Sweeting, then 36, and her then-husband, James, hopped a train from their home in Philadelphia to join a crowd of hundreds of thousands that marched for civil rights from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial. For Jobs and Freedom, the March on Washington became a major factor in the passage of civil rights legislation. Sweeting went on to earn a doctorate from Penn State on a fellowship for black leaders, organize Sanfords first Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration and speaks about her experiences with countless schoolchildren.
HILDA M. PEREZ, ORLANDO SENTINEL