Fifty years ago, a quarter of a million people marched on Washington and heard Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream" speech. It didn’t just change the political landscape; it changed the culture as well. We hear from blues guitarist Jack Unruh. These days, he lives in Denver. But in 1963, he was a kid in tiny Emporia, Kansas, population: 10,000. Unruh says, “I was real white, in a real white place.” But folk music -- with its message of equality -- and later, blues, crept into his consciousness and opened his eyes to a bigger world. We listen to some of the songs that highlight Unruh's evolution as a blues musician.
Playlist from the story:
"If I Had a Hammer" by Peter, Paul & Mary
"That's Why I Love You So" by Jackie Wilson
"People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield
"Just to Be With You" by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
"Honest I Do" by Jimmy Reed