On August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech about a dream that inspired a generation. More than fifty years later, the dream lives on. And, in April of last year, The SALT Project, in collaboration with Christian Theological Seminary and local PBS affiliate WFYI, produced a poetic and provocative short film to commemorate that speech and to recognize its influence on this country and the world.
“We created ‘I Have a Dream’ with a very specific purpose in mind,” said Liz Myer, Director of The SALT Project and producer of the film. “We want to inspire communities to ask the question: how far have we come on the journey to social justice and what must be done to achieve the dream King so eloquently articulated on that hot day in late August 1963 during the March on Washington,” she explained. “The award was just a very unexpected, and pleasant, surprise.”
The award in question is an Emmy.
On Saturday, June 7, ‘I Have a Dream’ was awarded an Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences – Lower Great Lakes Chapter. The award was announced during the chapter’s 45th annual presentation ceremony held at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
The five-and-a-half minute video, a production collaboration between The SALT Project and WFYI, and co-sponsored by Christian Theological Seminary and the New Media Project at CTS, was awarded the regional Emmy in the category of Arts/Entertainment, acknowledging the contributions of The SALT Project and WFYI – Elizabeth Myer, producer; Matthew Boulton, co-producer; Bradley Hoehner, editor; and, Andrew Warren, director of photography. In addition to serving as co-producer, CTS President Matthew Boulton appears in the film, as do Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak, Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice and Reconciliation Studies and CTS students Bere Gil Soto, Jason Powell and Ricky McCray.
“It was a real privilege to work with Liz and so many other talented people in helping to bring this project to life,” said Dr. Boulton. “The credit belongs to all of them and, of course, to our inspiration, Martin Luther King Jr.”
Watch the video here: