Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with reenactments on Youtube

18 Jan

Don’t be surprised if you find Youtube resounding with impassioned, well-narrated dreams, finding a creative way to pay homage to one of America’s most-loved civil rights heroes on Martin Luther King Day.

The Washington Post has teamed up with Youtube for the occasion, and has asked people to post videos of them reenacting the words of Martin Luther King that inspired them the most – his famous, and his lesser-known speeches.

According to the Youtube blog, the Washington Post is collecting videos that feature both their readers as well as those that form the Youtube community, which will be displayed on washingtonpost.com.

To submit your own video, choose an extract from the King’s pages that give you goosebumps, put on your best elocution voice, look straight into your webcam, and tell the nation that you have a dream , today.

Here’s the example given on the Youtube blog – they refer to the actor as ‘user: baratunde’, leaving out the part where he’s Web and Politics Editor at The Onion, co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics and host of PopSci Future Of on the Science Channel. This is ‘user: baratunde’ reciting a section of a speech delivered by Dr. King at Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, condemning the Vietnam War:

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYaYDWc1J0o&feature=player_embedded%5D

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