During a rare quiet moment in his East Austin shop, Roosevelt Stewart, or “Bubba,” takes care of his equipment at the Stewart’s Doll House Barbershop.
Over the last 50 years, Stewart has seen plenty of news on his barbershop TV. On Wednesday, he watched another historic moment.
President Barack Obama marked the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream Speech."
"Everything he said was just powerful, he was a powerful speaker," Stewart said.
The historic 1963 speech was delivered by King during the March on Washington.
"Because they kept marching, because they marched a voting rights law was signed, because they marched, doors of opportunity and education swung open," President Obama said during Wednesday's ceremony.
Stewart says he was turned away from attending barber college in Austin because of the color of his skin.
"I couldn't attend, and that was a pretty cold shot you know," Stewart said.
It was a challenge he ultimately overcame. Stewart started his shop in July of 1957.
"If you treat me right, I'll treat you right,” Stewart said. “The one thing I think we need more than anything else is unity."
Over the decades, the haircuts and the prices have changed, and Stewart has seen how far we've come--and how much of King's dream has yet to be realized.
"We have a long way, and we have a long way to go as they say," Stewart said.