MLK event held at YSU

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Youngstown State University commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington with the “63 Minutes of Peace” program at Kilcawley Center.

The 63 minute-long program was one of many going on Wednesday across the country. Events were held to celebrate the milestone anniversary of the march for jobs and freedom and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Guests watched clips of the 1963 speech and President Obama’s speech delivered Wednesday in Washington. The program also included several local speakers.

“We had a very good population of people who attended here. A very rich population, a diverse population as well that crossed religious lines,” said William Blake, director of Student Diversity Programs. “They crossed racial lines, crossed gender lines and we had a very rich mix of students and non-students as well.”

The program was a collaboration of YSU’s Student Diversity Program, the Office of African Studies and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

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