During the 1963 March on Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” address from the Lincoln Memorial. The complete address has now become a part of the virtual world of Fortnite, over 60 years later. In a blog post, Fortnite claimed that the whole speech was incorporated as part of a virtual event dubbed March Through Time to provide players an immersive experience of the tumultuous civil rights fight and King’s famous march on August 28, 1963, in a “reimagined Washington.” The interactive exhibit was created in collaboration with Time Studios and others by the individuals behind the creative side of the online game.
March Through Time transports players to a “reimagined” Washington, D.C., and depicts the narrative of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which was characterized by Martin Luther King’s speech against racism in the United States, as well as the wider civil rights movement. Players are introduced to tasks and activities linked to mobility as they go through the game. Completing them grants players access to a “D.C. 63” spray.
Millions of individuals across the world have contributed to the “ongoing battle” for civil rights as a global movement, according to Fortnite’s blog post.
King was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He began bolstering the then-burgeoning civil rights movement in the late 1950s. He was the youngest person (at the time) to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize when he was 35 years old. When he learned that he had been nominated for the Nobel Award, he stated that he would donate the prize money of $54,123 (approximately Rs. 40 lakhs) to the civil rights struggle. On April 4, 1968, he was killed while standing on the balcony of a hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was in town to lead a protest march in favor of striking sanitation workers from the city’s public works department.