Remembering MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

August 28, 2023 marks 60 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Today, a new children’s book aims to connect his words to a new generation. “Echo in the Distance” is written by Emmy-award-winning journalist and Avenues’ Building on Dreams host, Shayla Reaves.

This book is a moving tribute to Dr. King and his dream. Millions watched as the civil rights leader shared his hope for the future, his dream for what America could be. Decades later, the iconic “I Have A Dream” speech has continued to transcend time.

Author Shayla Michelle Reaves reads from the book and shares the story behind it in this WCCO interview.

“Echo in the Distance” reflects on the speech, the history that followed and serves as a reminder that each individual can play a role in realizing the dream first shared in 1963.

In the words of author Shayla Michelle, “It’s not too late. Dreams can come true. It starts with you.”

You can get your copy of “Echo in The Distance” here!

Thank you from our team to Shayla Reaves for supporting Avenues’ youth in the journey to achieve their dreams!