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