Area woman shares story for Black History Month

Amarillo, TX - Nearly fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech to thousands of people in Washington, an area woman shares her story about being able to attend.

People across the nation are celebrating black history month and Olga Swanson is one of them.

We spoke with her earlier today and she tells us how attending the MLK rally was a monumental day that changed her life.

It was August 28th 1963, and on that day, 12-year old Olga Swanson was touched forever.

"I heard the speech, the first speech that he made to the United States, I have a dream," says Olga Swanson, MLK rally spectator.

"I was so short my uncle picked me up and put me in a tree so that I could see Dr. King," says Olga Swanson, MLK rally spectator.

She says Dr. King was a great man.

"Dr. King himself stood behind every black slave that was brought to this country," says Olga Swanson, MLK rally spectator.

A moment that she says she will never forget.

"The impact that it had to hear that speech, motivated me even more. I felt like I was being honored because I was there," says Olga Swanson, MLK rally spectator.

His murder may have been a tragedy but that didn't put a stop to those fighting for their rights.

"They thought we would say oh my gosh, Dr. King is gone, what are we going to do now? But we did not panic. It made us stronger," says Olga Swanson, MLK rally spectator.