PSU Helps Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Historic “I Have a Dream” Civil Rights Speech

August 28th, 2013 by blyndes

Plymouth State University’s iconic Rounds Hall tower bells rung triumphantly at 3 p.m., August 28, as part of a national commemoration of  the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

In 1963, King, a civil rights leader, led a March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The crowd of 250,000 heard a number of speeches that day, but none more memorable than when Dr. King proclaimed “I Have A Dream.”

PSU President Sara Jayne Steen, center, participates in a reading of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Plymouth Town Common

Fifty years later, his words still call us to work towards a society where “this nation will rise up [and] live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

The bell-ringing was followed by a reading of Dr. King’s famous speech on the Plymouth Town Common, with dozens of PSU faculty, staff and students in attendance along with townspeople. PSU Music Professor Dr. Jonathan Santore sang “Precious Lord” before the crowd culminated the event by singing “We Shall Overcome.”

The event was organized by the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.

For more information about this communication, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

 

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