On August 28, 2013, Utah commemorated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Held on Utah’s Capitol building steps Governor Gary R. Herbert, Reverend France Davis, Dr. Forrest Crawford and other state and local leaders participated in honoring the speech and the man that did so much.
Reverend France Davis Remarks on 50th Anniversary
Reverend France Davis, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, was 16 years old when he stood before the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. On the 50th Anniversary Reverend Davis shares his memories of The March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech.
Reverend Davis is well known in Utah for leading the successful efforts to create the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday and has a legacy for advocating for equal opportunities and equities in higher education, Boy Scouts, in the treatment of diverse churches, has worked to halt racial profiling, and has helped to establish Utah’s first homeless shelter for veterans. Reverend Davis has served on many state and community boards and has received many state and local awards. He is the author of two books, Light in the Midst of Zion: A History of Black Baptists in Utah 1892-1996, and the autobiographical France Davis: An American Story Told.
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