30 may 1968 & memorial day service honoring dr king rained out
#OTD 30 May 1968 The Memorial Day service at the Lincoln Memorial in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was suspended due to a heavy downpour. Audience members, including individuals and families living at Resurrection City, were looking forward to hearing Coretta Scott King narrate Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.
The program was held the next evening at 7:30pm at Constitution Hall, the home of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).
On 30 May, King surprised 3,000+ children at the NSO's Children's Concert at Constitution Hall. According to the Washington Post, King led children in singing America. Three of the children in attendance were Karen Duvall, Kevin Plummer and Sharon Poole, who attended Damascus ES in Montgomery County.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor attend the Memorial Day service at the Lincoln Memorial? Did you attend either concert at Constitution Hall? Were you an NSO member? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy of DC Public Library Special Collections. Photographers, unknown.
"Poor March on 3 Agencies," Washington Post 31 May 1968.