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In this Aug. 28, 1963, black-and-white file photo Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. . (AP Photo/File)
Martin Luther King Jr. laid the cornerstone for a civil rights movement that lifted the nation. The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's seminal "I Have a Dream" speech falls on Aug. 28. (Andre Chung/MCT)
A wide-angle view shows marchers along the National Mall at the Reflecting Pool and the Washington Monument during the March on Washington in 1963. Crowd estimates reached 300,000, and the event presaged the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. (National Archives/MCT)
"Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.; President Lyndon Johnson in background," taken by Yoichi Okamoto on March 18, 1966, on display at the National Archives Exhibition Hall in Washington. As the 1964 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, King opposed the U.S. war in Vietnam, which complicated his relationship with Johnson. (Yoichi Okamoto/MCT)
Scaffolding and a fence surround the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. Officials say refinishing work on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial should be complete by the upcoming 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
A tourist points to the exact location where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Thursday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The afternoon of Dec. 7, 1941, my mother, Hazel Arnold, had taken my sister Narita and I to the movies at the Thornton Theater. When we arrived home, we found my father, Edgar Arnold, pacing around the kitchen nervously, waiting for us to arrive to tell us the terrible news that the United States had been attacked at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese and that President Roosevelt had announced the news by radio to all the nation.
At the time although I was only 8 years old, I have never forgotten that day and all that happened in the next years as our lives were changed forever. My dad worked at the Goodrich Rubber Co. and so he had a busy time those years. Rationing of many products became a fact of life, including shoes, sugar and others that apparently weren’t as bothersome to me because I can’t call them to mind.