Freedom’s Ring / 2013

by Evan Bissell and The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute
Design and Programming by Erik Loyer

Freedom’s Ring is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, animated and annotated in a format that enables users to compare the written and spoken speech, explore related media, hear the stories of movement activists, and uncover historical context. 

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Freedom’s Ring 1

The piece opens with singing by Mahalia Jackson, as text from the official program for the March on Washington begins to fall away, becoming lost in a wash of imagery.

Freedom’s Ring 2

The text of the speech is synchronized with and superimposed over Evan Bissell’s animated mural, with links provided for users to dig deeper.

Freedom’s Ring 3

Users can scroll freely through the speech and its many visual representations, with the audio and transcript precisely tracking every move.

Freedom’s Ring 4

Supplemental information powered by the Scalar platform provides additional detail and context to the events surrounding the march.