I’ve a dream speech: NPR
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech to a crowd at the Lincoln Memorial during the March 28, 1963 on Washington. Bettmann archive hide caption
History isn’t a game, but the developers at Fortnite are adding an iconic moment starring Martin Luther King Jr. to the popular video game – and some people fear it is sending the wrong message about the civil rights activist.
Fortnite said it partnered with TIME Studios to go back in time and add a new virtual experience with King’s speech, “I Have A Dream.” The experience called “March Through Time” teleports players back to a “reimagined” Washington, DC in 1963 – where King delivered the speech during the March on Washington.
During the game, players travel to the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall, where King made his famous speech.
March Through Time includes collaborative mini-game quests, popup galleries, and educational resources. The museum-inspired landmarks, along with their historical imagery, are intended to provide context to King’s historical speech, Fortnite said in a press release.
The activities featured in the game will get players through the experience while bringing key topics of the speech to life.
The new feature has received some negative reactions on social media – some people fear that King will be remembered by younger gamers as a “Fortnite guy” rather than an activist.
“Oh cool, we’re off, I wonder what holiday this is?”
“Do you know that one guy from Fortnite? You took a whole vacation over him. ”Https://t.co/VguZL9IvmO
– hefter_matt (@hefter_matt) August 26, 2021