Monte Irvin:”And while we’re talking about famous people, I think I would be remiss if I did not tell you about the time I met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Not only great orator, you know a great speaker, but he seemed to be kind of perfect in all ways. He – His timing, the words that he would choose he was nonviolent, and he wanted to correct the justices that in the world existed.
He wanted help poor people, of all races, help to gain dignity, equality, morality and why someone would wanna eliminate this wonderful man, I’ll never understand it.
As I reflect, attended that wonderful, what they call I guess what they call the March on Washington way back in 1963, when he made that famous “I have a dream” speech.
The weather was perfect. The most impressive thing was people, buses, trains, airplanes, everybody was coming in for this magnificent event. There was like a magic in the air.
I would dare say that was the best feeling I’ve ever had. Being there, being a part of that celebration.
We said this is historical. This will go now to history. We knew that speech he made was one of the best ever. It’s just indescribable.
We knew the country would be better the world would be better. Having listened to his magnificent words and again, we all just knew we were witnessing history and it would be – it would go down to very historic occasion for years and years to come.
What he wanted to do, how he wanted to do it, simply he wanted make things better for everyone who was down-trodden. And to give them hope to keep going. If you do the right thing things must change. Things have to get better. And supported of course by all races, all colors and creeds. We sure could use him now in this turmoil in which we are living.”