Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speech Comes to Life in New Exhibit via Virtual Reality
Martin Luther King Jr. will appear via virtual reality in a special exhibit at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History.
Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. will appear via virtual reality in a special exhibit at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History.
Entitled The March, the new exhibit opened towards the end of Black History Month this year, February 28, and will run through November. It marks the first time King’s estate has granted development rights to feature his likeness in digital performance.
Time magazine and Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis executive produced the project, which is touted as “a groundbreaking immersive exhibit that re-creates one of the most iconic moments in American history, the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”
Narrated by Davis, the exhibit immerses visitors with the 250,000-plus crowd who marched on that historic day—witnessing firsthand as Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech—in a “genre-pushing virtual reality experience that draws on the personal stories of organizers and demonstrators who were there.”
Oscar-nominated immersive media studio RYOT and V.A.L.I.S. studio partnered with Time Studios to create the 10-minute exhibit, which is comprised of three acts: “The March,” “The National Mall” and “The Speech”. Using state-of-the-art technology including photogrammetry, motion capture and 3-D animation, the exhibit simulates the sights and sounds of that historic day.
Held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963, the purpose of the march was to advocate for the civil and economic rights of African Americans. It culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech that he gave in front of the Lincoln Memorial, calling for an end to racism.
Comprised mostly of African-Americans, the march was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history. There was also an estimate of 20% white participants in the march.
The DuSable Museum is known as the first independent African-American history museum in the United States. Its mission statement is “to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans.” Opening in 1961, it was named after Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a Haitian fur trader and the first non-Native-American permanent settler in Chicago.