In addition to Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, several other notable events in the nation’s civil rights history all happened on this date, including the brutal murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till on Aug. 28, 1955. The Chicago resident is slain after he runs into a young white woman outside a store during a visit with family in Money, Miss. His mother’s decision on an open-casket service galvanizes the Civil Rights Movement.
Other events on this date: A filibuster, staged by U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond in hopes of preventing the Senate from voting on the Civil Rights Act, on Aug. 28, 1957; more than 300 people are hurt in the Philadelphia Race Riot, which begins Aug. 28, 1964, and is quelled two days later, in part with leadership from West Virginia-born Cecil B. Moore; and on Aug. 28, 2008, Barack Obama formally accepts the Democratic nomination for president during the national convention in Denver. That November, he becomes the first black person elected to the White House.