Freedom’s Ring (freedoms-ring.org) is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, animated. The interactive website allows you to compare the written and spoken speech, explore multimedia images, watch videos with movement activists, and uncover historical context within the context of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Created for the 50th anniversary of the speech.
Freedom's Ring is a project of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University in collaboration with Beacon Press's Legacy Series.
Director, Art and Content: Evan Bissell Design and Programming: Erik Loyer Content, Curriculum Design and Project Coordinator: Andrea McEvoy Spero Project Advisor: Dr. Clayborne Carson Video: Owen Bissell Project Administration: Regina Covington Interviews with Aldo Billingslea, Dr. Clayborne Carson, Dorothy Cotton, Miriam Glickman, Kazu Haga, Bruce Hartford, Ericka Huggins, Clarence B. Jones, Kim Nalley, Wazir Peacock and Marcus Shelby.
Screenshot from the website. The text plays in a vertical scroll in time with King's speech while the visuals change continuously. Blue text can be clicked to take the user to video interviews, historical media and additional annotations. The user can also change views to see the extemporaneous parts of the speech, what was prepared, and which pieces King left out while standing on the podium.
Detail of the website showing a variety of media types used to create the scrolling animation.
When a user clicks on a blue text, they are taken to a media rich annotation of that text. Here, they can find interviews with movement activists, primary documents and historical context.
Detail of the scrolling animation section based on the section of the speech where King praises, "the veterans of creative suffering" engaged in civil disobedience.
Detail of a painting used for the animated scroll of 106 year old El Fondren registering to vote. Based on the photo by Bob Fitch.
Detail of the scrolling animation. Based on an uncredited photo via http://www.crmvet.org/images/imgstaug.htm
Detail of the scrolling animation section based on, "justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."
Detail of a section of the scrolling animation based on a photo by Bob Adelman.