Julie Elliott and her college roommate went against their mothers' wishes and didn't stay home that day. Instead, Elliott, a student at Emory and Henry College who worked in Washington, D.C., witnessed firsthand Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his iconic speech.
At 19, Elliott had no idea that moment early in her life would be so unforgettable. She says she did not know she and her roommate were witnessing history.
"I wish that we had, but it was very, very moving and very touching and there were so many people there, white and black," she said.
After college, Elliott came to Roanoke and taught in the city schools for decades, where most of her students and colleagues were African-American. She says hearing King's dream firsthand really stuck with her all these years.