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SCC Will Present a Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech

Aug 22, 2013 - | 09:15 AM -

MLK I have a dreamTo mark the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Somerset Community College will present a Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech given at the Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28 at 3:30 p.m. on the Somerset Campus in the Citizens National Bank Community Room of the Harold Rogers Student Commons.

This event was an idea of Mr. James Taylor, Instructor of Political Science at Somerset Community College. “This commemoration and discussion has been scheduled on the 50th Anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom, as SCC helps celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.  We will view his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. This historic event not only helped to shape the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, but continues to have lasting implications in our modern Society”, said Taylor. “It’s important to celebrate the contributions of Civil Rights Leaders, such as Dr. King,  as a way of remembering our past and informing our future generations of the struggle in America during this tumultuous time in our history. SCC continues its commitment to celebrate diversity during events such as this.” 

Also included in the presentation will be remarks from Mr. Ron Mace, Instructor of Communication, who will speak to the audience about the impact of Dr. King’s remarks that day. “The I Have A Dream speech is a seminal part of the Civil Rights Movement”, said Mace. “Although Dr. King had prepared remarks that day, he was prompted to speak from his heart rather than from his notes. His extemporaneous speaking style gives insight into Dr. King’s passion as a speaker, as well as his importance to the Civil Rights Movement that we continue to celebrate today.”

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to this event which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Harold Rogers Student Commons, on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 on the Somerset Campus.  There is no charge for this event.

Please join Somerset Community College in this commemoration.