I enjoyed this article on the development of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech via sound bites over time and the relationship to Charlotte.

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“If you look at every aspect of the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, it’s a speech he compiles extemporaneously that he’s been trying out on audiences almost since he became a leader,” Carson said. “The essential message is prophetic … always pointing out the contradiction between what we were supposed to be doing and what we were really doing.

“King said America had great ideals and it wasn’t living up to them – especially in terms of race relations.”

via King’s speech has its roots in Charlotte – CharlotteObserver.com.

Here is a great summary of posts from around the country about Charlotte’s hosting the 2012 Democratic Convention, and the one I excerpted answered my first question.

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… Democrats have not lost the convention host state since 1988, when Michael Dukakis was nominated in Atlanta.

via Democratic National Convention comments from across the U.S. | Charlotte Business Journal.