Harrisburg Campus Event Marks 50th Anniversary of March on Washington
Brent Johnson - Published: August 30, 2013
On Thursday, August 29, 2013, students on Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus gathered to honor the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a Dream” speech by watching video of the seminal piece of oratory. The 1963 event came as part of the March on Washington that saw some 200,000 people gather in Washington DC In support of civil rights.

To open the special Pizza and Policy in the Pit event, Widener Law Dean Linda L. Ammons commented that Dr. King’s speech had “stood the test of time,” remembering how her parents had talked about it. Ammons went onto say that the most remembered part of the speech – the “I have a dream” part – was actually not part of the planned script, but added on the spur of the moment as the gospel singer Mahalia Jackson shouted “tell them about the dream, Martin.”

At the conclusion of the video, Dean Ammons thanked the audience for coming, saying “because of the march and this speech, Dr. King’s words have made a difference in my history and yours.”