Kennesaw State University joins in commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

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University joins other institutions saluting M.L. King’s historic speech in commemorative book

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sept. 4, 2013) — A full-page Kennesaw State University ad appears in a special book produced in conjunction with last week’s commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the historic March on Washington in 1963.

Sponsored by Kennesaw State’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Division of External Affairs, the ad highlights the University’s commitments to diversity, inclusion, engagement and excellence in academic programs. It also prominently features the 50th anniversary of the University’s founding. 

The ad, titled “The Dream Lives Here,” shows the parallel timing 50 years ago of the March on Washington and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia’s approval of the charter to establish the institution. It also connects Dr. King’s inspirational speech with the university’s progress toward achieving diversity, which is depicted through the images, as well as inclusion and student engagement.

The ad reads in part: “For the last half century, Dr. King’s resounding ‘I Have a Dream’ speech has inspired many and contributed to our University’s evolution as a welcoming and inclusive campus community. We have achieved significant milestones, reaching triple-digit growth in the number of multicultural and international students in the past 15 years. … Our doors are open wide for all who dare to dream. …”

The 112-page commemorative book provides a full narrative about the planning and execution of the 1963 March; a history of the Civil Rights Movement; a full text of Dr. King’s speech; and a summary of its aftermath. The book also displays ads and tributes from a diverse group of more than 25 institutions of higher learning — Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Seton Hall,  Loyola University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hampton University and Fisk University among them — as well as dozens of businesses and organizations. Georgia institutions represented in the commemorative book include Kennesaw State, Georgia Tech and Fort Valley State.

The commemorative books are available through the King Center’s official MLKDream50 website at http://officialmlkdream50.com/.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 90 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw