How the weather factored into Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech
|Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledges the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his „I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington, D.C., on Aug. 28, 1963. (AP Photo, File)|
„I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.‘
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.”
The weather has been the backdrop to every momentous occurrence in history. Sometimes it plays a major role that influences the outcome of seismic events as it did on D-Day during World War II, and other times it simply provides the scenery in which circumstances unfold.
In 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and addressed a crowd of an estimated 250,000 people and made what is, perhaps, the most definitive statement of his storied lifetime: „I have a dream.”
Few speeches in the annals of American history have the power to stir up intense emotions like this speech during a pivotal moment of the Civil Rights Movement. You would be hard-pressed to find an American unaware of the historical speech, one of the best known in U.S. history, right up there with Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address, according to History.com. What a lot of people may not know is that the event took place on a hot, summer day in August.
„It’s August 28, 1963. Hundreds of people are soaking their feet in the Reflecting Pool in an attempt to cool off. It’s a normal mid-summer day but the body heat of 250,000+ people is causing an abnormal spike in D.C. The cool marble of the Lincoln Memorial mocks attendees who have spent months marching to its steps. It’s a pivotal place and an important time for America,” writer Sara Marsolek notes as she recounts the mood of the day. King was the last speaker of the day. „The crowd now directs its attention to the man whose words have cut through the heat of the noonday sun.”
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The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust activated its Cold Weather Emergency Plan on Saturday and plans to open shelters for the homeless.
That’s because the National Weather Service in Miami forecast temperatures in the low 50s by Saturday night into the morning.
The wind chill could make it feel even chillier than 50.
Need assistance with homeless sheltering? Call 877-994-4357 or 305-375-2273.
Cool temperatures in the 50s and upper 40s in parts of South Florida could last until Monday, the weather service said in its hazardous weather outlook.
Broward has not said yet if it plans to open shelters.
By Umar Farooq
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A team of climbers from Nepal on Saturday become the first mountaineers to successfully complete a winter attempt on the summit of K2, the world’s second tallest peak.
The group of sherpas had paused at a point 70 metres short of the 8,611 metres (28,251 feet) peak to wait for each other before climbing into the world’s history books together at 4:56 p.m.
Located on the Pakistan China border, K2 is the only mountain over 8,000 metres that had not been summitted in the winter.
The group were named as Nirmal Purja, Gelje Sherpa, Mingma David Sherpa, Mingma G, Sona Sherpa, Mingma Tenzi Sherpa, Pem Chhiri Sherpa, Dawa Temba Sherpa, Kili Pemba Sherpa, and Dawa Tenjing Sherpa.
Their success was marred by the death on the mountain of renowned Spanish climber Sergio Mingote, who fell down a crevasse as he attempted to make his way down to Base Camp, Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, told Reuters. Around 49 climbers in several teams are on K2 making attempts on the summit, weather permitting.
„Dismayed by the news of the accident that has ended the life of a magnificent athlete,” Spain’s Minister of Health Salvador Illa wrote on Twitter, describing Mingote as „a personal friend.”
Mingote, 49, had climbed seven mountains over 8,000 meters without supplemental oxygen in less than two years.
First climbed in 1954 by Italian Achille Compagnoni, K2 is notorious for its sleep slopes and high winds, and in winter its surface becomes slick ice.
Of the 367 people that had completed its ascent by 2018, 86 had died. The Pakistani military is regularly called in to rescue climbers using helicopters, but the weather often makes that difficult.
The previous highest altitude achieved on K2 in winter was 7,750 meters by Denis Urubko and Marcin Kaczkan, set nearly two decades ago.
The coronavirus pandemic had meant restrictions on travel severely impacted the traditional summer mountaineering season in the Karakoram range and Pakistan in particular, which is home to five of the world’s 14 peaks over 8,000 metres.
(Reporting by Umar Farooq; Editing by Mike Harrison)
A person takes a photo with their phone during a major snowstorm in Ottawa on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A storm lashed parts of New England and eastern Canada on Saturday with heavy rain, snow and wind, leading to power outages and slick roads.
About 15,000 homes and businesses were without electricity at the height of the storm in Vermont, the hardest-hit U.S. state, and thousands of outages were reported elsewhere across the region, officials said.
“The snow is wet, heavy and slippery, which makes travel and restoration conditions tough,” said Mike Burke, chief of field operations at Green Mountain Power in Vermont.
A foot or more of snow was possible across higher elevations of northern New England, and wind gusts as high as 50 to 60 mph (80 to 96 kph) were expected along the Maine coast, said Michael Clair, of the National Weather Service in Maine.
Gusts of 70 mph (112 kph) were recorded at the Isle of Shoals, about 2 miles off New Hampshire, and New Hampshire’s Mount Washington recorded a gust of 118 mph (190 kph) at the summit, the weather service said.
Much of eastern Canada was pounded with steady snowfall.
Locations that didn’t get snow could see 1 1/2 to 2 inches (4 to 5 centimeters) of rain, Clair said.
Snow showers and gusty winds are expected in parts of the Charlotte region on Saturday, while several inches of snow could fall in parts of the N.C. mountains, National Weather Service meteorologists said.
One to 3 inches of snow could fall in parts of the mountains higher than 3,500 feet, according to a winter weather advisory bulletin at 3:43 a.m. Saturday.
“This snow will create slick roadways and potentially hazardous driving conditions,” NWS meteorologists warned.
In a tweet, NWS forecast “gusty winds are likely Saturday evening as well.”
Snow showers could develop in parts of the N.C. Piedmont and Foothills, according to the bulletin.
The Charlotte metro area has only a “slight chance” of snow showers before 11 a.m. and a similarly slight chance of rain between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., according to the latest NWS forecast at 10 a.m. Saturday. The chance stands at a near negligible 20%, according to the NWS.
The Queen City could see wind gusts of up to 24 mph, NWS forecasters said.
And for Charlotte, the greater threat from the system could come in the form of low temperatures at or below freezing over the next few days.
“A cold front has moved through and the cooler temperatures will be felt all day,” WBTV meteorologist Leigh Brock shared Saturday morning.
A low of 29 degrees is forecast for late Saturday-early Sunday in Charlotte, 32 degrees late Sunday-early Monday and 28 late Monday-early Tuesday.