Studs Terkel's 1963 Train Ride to Washington

Studs Terkel's 1963 Train Ride to Washington
Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. Wikimedia Commons
Studs Terkel's 1963 Train Ride to Washington
Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous, “I Have a Dream,” speech during the Aug. 28, 1963, march on Washington, D.C. Wikimedia Commons

Studs Terkel's 1963 Train Ride to Washington

Among the hundreds of thousands who joined Martin Luther King, Jr. for the 1963 March on Washington D.C for civil rights were some 800 Chicagoans who traveled there overnight by train. Chicago legend Studs Terkel went with them. He brought his tape recorder and chronicled the whole journey. The voices and thoughts of his fellow travelers bring us all a little closer to that historic experience. The trip culminated with King's now-famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Find more audio from Studs Terkel's archives at WFMT's studsterkel.org