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If Twitter Existed in 1963: Tweets From the March

August 28, 2013

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness


Today is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s " I have a dream" speech at the March in Washington, D.C. Imagine if social media existed during that historical time -- what kinds of tidbits would be shooting through Facebook or Twitter feeds?

Well, NPR took on the task to find out and has dedicated a Twitter handle to the events of 1963. Today, an NPR reporter will be using 140 characters or less to report news as if it were Aug. 28, 1963 in Washington, D.C.

"We've compiled moments from the summer of 1963 - a pivotal season in US history - and we're tweeting them as they happened then," reads the Twitter profile, @todayin1963. The social media feed is a project by @NPRCodeSwitch, according to the profile.

To watch King's speech, scroll down

Here are some tweets by @todayin1963 so far:

"Bagged lunch sells for $0.50 and includes American cheese on white bread, apple, slice of pound cake and mustard.

"Bobby Darin, pop singer, is being introduced over amplifier system as marchers leave Monument grounds for Lincoln Memorial."

"Actor Marlon Brando shaking hands with civil rights leader James Baldwin."

"'Would someone please return Jackie Robinson's son?' announcement rippled through crowd. Robinson's son reportedly found."

"Officials have sent 200 police to cordon George Lincoln Rockwell and American Nazi Party counter-demonstrators off from the marchers."

"President Kennedy's back ailment is acting up again, reports the UPI. 'He limps in climbing stairs but otherwise is 'fine.'"

To read more of the 1963 tweets, click here.

To watch King's speech, see below:

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