"I Have a Dream" Experience

Visiting DC soon? Use your smartphone as a time travel device.

When my mother and sister visited, I wanted a way to show them how special it is live here in DC and to be able to walk amongst historical "hot spots" every day. One of my favorites is the Lincoln Memorial. First I looked for an audio recording of MLK's famous Dream speech that contained lots of ambient sounds - planes overhead, people yelling comments -- and then combined that with photos of the crowd to provide their brains with some raw material for imagination.

When my mother and sister visited, I wanted a way to show them how special it is live here in DC and to be able to walk amongst historical "hot spots" every day. One of my favorites is the Lincoln Memorial. First I looked for an audio recording of MLK's famous Dream speech that contained lots of ambient sounds - planes overhead, people yelling comments -- and then combined that with photos of the crowd to provide their brains with some raw material for imagination.

Transport yourself to August 28, 1963 and stand beside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he addresses the crowd on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Take your smartphone along with you to the Lincoln Memorial in DC. Stand in the spot King stood (it's marked). Put in headphones. Turn up the volume. Press Play.

For the best experience, I recommend that you shift your eyes between the screen (to reference the what the crowd really looked like) and the real-life view of the reflecting pool and Washington Monument. Listen to King's words and allow your mind to put yourself in that moment.

When I tried it, it gave me chills.