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“I Have a Dream” 50th Anniversary

Wed, 21 Aug, 2013 - Wed, 28 Aug, 2013

Martin Luther King Jr.

2013 marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most inspirational and poignant events of the last century: the delivery of the “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., have inspired millions across the world since the day they were spoken on August 28th, 1963.

A number of national organizations, including The King Center, the National Urban League (NUL), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), have announced a partnership for the global observance of the 50th anniversary of that monumental speech and the 1963 March on Washington. The plans include a series of events from August 21st through August 28th.

Union Theological Seminary proudly honors the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the 50th Anniversary of his “I Have a Dream” speech. Dr. King’s fierce activism and commitment to equality is an enduring source of inspiration for our students, for all Americans, and for people around the world.

Union Theological Seminary President Serene Jones and Executive Vice President Fred Davie have been asked to join President Obama and Mrs. Obama at the White House on Tuesday, August 27th for a special commemoration of this event. 

President Serene Jones is participating in a commemorative Worship Service at Riverside Church for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. For more information, please click here>>

Executive Vice President Fred Davie is marching on August 24th in the National Urban League's 50th Anniversary March in Washington D.C.

Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, will appear on CNN on Sunday, August 25th in the 8 o’clock hour to discuss the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington.

Please join us, in-person or virtually, on August 24th for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington>>

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