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UVA Celebrates 50th Anniversary of "I Have a Dream"

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Students gathered inside the Rotunda at the University of Virginia remember Dr. King's speech Students gathered inside the Rotunda at the University of Virginia remember Dr. King's speech

Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley joined much of the rest of the country Wednesday remembering the "I Have a Dream" speech in their own way.

 

At the University of Virginia Rotunda, students gathered inside the dome room and reflected on the parts of Dr. King's speech - delivered exactly 50 years ago - that meant the most to them.

 

Some students spoke about King's importance in the improvement of race relations. Others spoke about how far the nation must go to create a world where blacks and whites are treated equally. The overriding message, though, was that the speech was pivotal and that, even today, it evokes compassion, love and empathy from those who hear it.

 

"What's encouraging is that you heard the voice of students so you heard the voices of this generation and as long as you have people in this generation who are empowered to change the future, to affect radical social transformation, I am encouraged," said student speaker Tamika Richeson.

 

After the student speeches, UVA observed a moment of silence. The chapel bells rang at 3 p.m., the exact time King gave his speech 50 years ago.

 

From there, students went on to the Carter Woodson Institute to talk about carrying King's message forward.

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