Suzy Karpel-Gebhardt

As young teenagers, we traveled by chartered bus from summer camp in New York to participate in the march. We had no idea of the magnitude of the crowd nor the future momentous effects on our nation’s history. It was thrilling but also very, very hot. When Dr. King started to speak, the humidity seemed to disappear. He shook the world and changed our lives forever. I have never experienced a speaker so mesmerizing, so mellifluous, so powerful (and never will).

I later served on the Montgomery County Maryland Martin Luther King Jr. Commemmorative Commission in the late 1970s and 1980s; our purpose was to designate a national holiday to commemmorate and honor Dr. King. Along with other groups, we succeeded.

Submitted: August 22, 2013

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