Let Freedom Ring: CU-Boulder commemorates 50th anniversary of 'I Have a Dream'

Published: Aug. 28, 2013

The power of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words have resonated through the last half-century and shaped CU’s learning and living environment from civics classes and student groups, to internships with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation.

Today, the campus participated in the international observation of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. Vice Chancellor Bob Boswell marked the occasion as he “Let Freedom Ring” from the Center for Community’s bell at 3 p.m.

At the event, Alphonse Keasley, assistant vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement, shared a handout of "10 Interesting Facts about the March on Washington." Some of the facts included: the speech was reportedly drafted hours before the march, and that Dr. King’s speech went on to become the best political speech of the 20th century, according to a 1999 panel of more than 130 scholars.

We invite all in our campus community to reflect on the impact of Dr. King’s powerful words, spoken 50 years ago from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.