Charles Euchner Talk - The 1963 March on Washington ..."I Have A Dream"

This talk about the 1963 March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech, explores the vital questions and lessons for today’s America with its conflicts and divisions.

Dr. Charles Euchner, who has taught at both Columbia and Yale, will share historical facts from his book about the march, Nobody Turn Me Around: A People’s History of the 1963 March on Washington, which gives story after story first-hand accounts by individuals involved in the civil rights march on Washington. 

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Dr. Euchner's talk, illustrated with clips from the March, asks:

  • What struggles did King really face in writing his iconic speech and what was the controversy over John Lewis's speech?
  • What are the elements of effective protest and dissent—and what makes a movement fall apart?
  • How can activists expand and revitalize the “vital center” rather than exacerbate the politics of extremism?
  • How did the civil rights movement spawn other movements (like the antiwar movement, feminism, gay rights, environmentalism, and more) - and how have those movements succeeded and failed, and why?
  • How did the civil rights movement create a new “founding” for the nation—and do we now need new reconstitution of the American experiment today?
About Charles Euchner


Dr. Charles Euchner is an author, teacher, and coach in New Haven. He has written books on cities (Urban Policy Reconsidered and Playing the Field), protest and dissent (Nobody Turn Me Around and Extraordinary Politics), the presidency (the forthcoming The Last Great Debate), and sports (The Last Nine Innings). He is also the author of a series of books on writing, including The Elements of Writing.

In addition to having taught at Columbia and Yale, Euchner coaches authors, ghostwrites books, and works with companies to improve their efficiency and creativity with better writing. He is the creator of The Elements of Writing (, the only brain-based system for mastering writing in all fields.

A former city planner in Boston, Euchner was the founding director of the Rappaport Institute at Harvard University. He has also taught at Holy Cross College, the University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, and SUNY-Purchase.

Education: B.A. at Vanderbilt University, M.A. and Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins University.

He can be reached at 203-645-6112, [email protected], and

The Book

The book about the 1963 march is full of arresting plots that entertain while covering many points of view from all parts of the country, people, religion, and races. You can order your copy of this well-researched and well-written book from Amazon by clicking on the book image below:


February 17, 2022 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


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