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Maxine Wood '63 featured in Time magazine story on the March on Washington

September 17, 2013

In its issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Time magazine featured 17 prominent Americans who attended the 1963 rally and heard Dr. Martin Luther King’s “ I Have a Dream" speech, including Maxine Wood from Notre Dame's class of '63. She and her classmates will be on campus this weekend to celebrate their 50th class reunion during Reunion 2013 weekend.

Here’s an excerpt from the Time article: “ Twenty years old at the time, Wood just graduated from college and was planning to become a high school teacher. She heard about the march and hopped a bus from Connecticut to Baltimore so she could get to Washington on time.”

And here is her recollection of Dr. King's speech: 

As you would expect when you have a large crowd like that, people have their own mini-conversations going on. It was not a rapt audience. But I do recall clearly that when Dr. King spoke, everybody did listen. And that ‘I have a dream’—to hear it, initially, was an important experience. To hear him give that message made you believe you did have a dream, and it was very inspiring. A lot of people probably had not focused on those possibilities. We live in realities, but the image that he gave was a future. When he talked about a dream, he was looking to what could be, and it wasn’t beyond our reality to think that such things could happen.

 Read the article.