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UofL to commemorate March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

by Janene Zaccone, communications and marketing last modified Aug 20, 2013 08:53 AM

Students, faculty and staff are asked to take part in UofL's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

UofL to commemorate March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech 50 years ago Aug. 28 at the March on Washington.

The Aug. 28 event will include reflections, a symbolic march and music. Activities start at 1 p.m. on Belknap Campus.

Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville chapter of the NAACP, will present the keynote address. Cunningham attended the 1963 march where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the “I have a dream” speech, in which he envisioned a time of racial justice and equality. King’s words inspired hope and provided a point of national unity in the Civil Rights Movement.

Commemoration schedule:

  • 1 p.m. ‒ “Reflections on Dr. King’s Dream” panel discussion. Room 139, Shumaker Research Building. Panelists include: Joy Carew, Pan African Studies professor; Ira Grupper, Louisville human relations commissioner; Sagar Patagundi, Kentucky Dream Coalition leader; and Laura Rothstein, Brandeis School of Law professor. Sharon Moore, Kent School of Social Work professor, will moderate.
  • 2:15 p.m. – Symbolic march. University officials will lead a group of students, faculty and staff from the Swain Student Activities Center clock tower to the Quad.
  • 2:30 p.m. – Music. UofL’s International Jazz Quartet will play at the Quad.
  • 2:45 p.m. – Cunningham’s keynote address. Additional programming includes choral music and a recitation of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. At the Quad.

In conjunction with the day’s events the LGBT Center will show “Brother Outsider: the Life of Bayard Rustin,” a documentary about the civil rights activist, at 5 p.m. in Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library.

People who need to drive to campus for the event can find paid parking in the Speed Art Museum garage off Third Street or in the Student Activities Center garage on Floyd Street. The entrance is at the flashing light crosswalk between the SAC oval and Cardinal Park.

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