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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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Rachel Mann
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Howard University Marks March on Washington 50th Anniversary
Hosts Events and Airs Special Programing

WASHINGTON (August 14, 2013) –More than 250,000 people assembled on the National Mall on August 28, 1963, for the historic March on Washington.   In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March later this month, Howard University is hosting a series of events on campus and airing special programming on its public television station, WHUT-TV. See full list below.

“The March was a culmination of a long and painful struggle to advance freedom for all Americans, but especially Black Americans,” said Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau. “A half a century later, the next steps must include vision and leadership for the struggle to protect the civil, economic and social rights of all Americans. It is imperative that we recommit to the goals of the 1963 March on Washington as we respond to contemporary challenges.”

Howard alumni from across the country are recalling their experiences as university students who participated in the event and are speaking about its impact on their lives and the nation.

Kenneth Howard (B.A. ’67), who was a Howard freshman at the time, is one who shared his reflections.

“The March gave me a feeling for the very first time of being a part of something far larger than myself,” Howard said. “I was filled with pride and elation that finally things were going to change, and I played a very small part in it!”

Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young (B.A. ’51), a champion of the Civil Rights Movement and noted Howard alumnus, will also share his memories of the March during the premiere of his new documentary, “1963: The Year that Changed America,” at  Cramton Auditorium on Howard’s main campus on Sunday, Aug. 25. The event is open to Howard students only.

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve," said Martin Luther King, Jr. on Feb. 4 1968 during his sermon "The Drum Major Instinct" from the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga.

I n honor of King’s legacy and his call to service, hundreds of volunteers from the incoming freshman class will spend Friday, Aug. 23, participating in the inaugural Howard University Day of Service. Freshmen will assist with community service projects in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that focus on education, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, poverty, voter registration, non-violence, and  environmental services. Visit here for more information.

Media Note: Faculty experts are available for interviews. For more information, contact Rachel Mann at 202.238.2631.


Friday, August 23

Howard University Service Day
Washington D.C.

Hundreds of volunteers from the incoming freshman class will spend Friday, Aug. 23, participating in the inaugural Howard University Day of Service. Freshmen will assist with community service projects in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that focus on education, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, poverty, voter registration, non-violence, and environmental services. To apply as a volunteer, click here.

Applications are due by Aug. 16. For more information, contact Director of Chapel Operations, Glen Vinson, at 202-806-7280 or Read more here.

Saturday, August 24

6:30 a.m.

Howard University Joins the March on Washington
Upper Quadrangle, Main Campus

The Howard University Student Association, the College of Arts & Sciences Student Council, and the Howard University Chapter of the NAACP encourages the University community to join them as they commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Participants will meet at the flag pole located on the upper quadrangle at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. The participants will march by police escort from the University to the Lincoln Memorial.

Sunday, August  25

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Chapel Service
Service is in partnership with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Cramton Auditorium
2455 Sixth NW, Washington, DC 20059

Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Lewis M. Anthony
Pastor, St. Lucille A.M.E. Zion Church
Episcopal Director for Ecumenical Affairs, Mid-Atlantic II Episcopal District, A.M.E. Zion Church

4 p.m.

Premiere of “1963: The Year that Changed America” – Produced By Howard Alumnus, Ambassador Andrew Young (B.A. ’51)
Cramton Auditorium (doors open at 3 p.m.)
Open to Howard students only

The documentary1963: The Year that Changed Americafocuses on the Birmingham campaign -- the movement that showed the world the reality of segregation in America.  In it we meet Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, one of the great unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement who often risked his life to bring racial justice to Birmingham. The movement in Birmingham raised the conscience of a nation and set the stage for the March on Washington in 1963.

Note: Ambassador Young will host a Q & A session after the premiere.

7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

WHUT Studios live taping of "A Conversation with Ambassador Andrew Young"
WHUT- TV Studios - 2222 Fourth Street, NW Washington, DC 20059

Howard Dodson, Director of Moorland-Spingarn and Howard University Libraries, will host a live interview show with Ambassador Andrew Young on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Filming will include a Q & A segment. A reception will follow. Seating begins at 6 p.m. RSVP (202) 806-3200 to be part of the studio audience.

Sunday, September 15
6 p.m.

Howard University Presents FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963
The Kennedy Center
Washington, D.C.

Howard University and The Kennedy Center, Project1Voice, in conjunction with Duke Ellington School of the Arts and African Continuum Theatre Company, present a free, staged reading of the play FOUR LITTLE GIRLS: Birmingham 1963 on Sept. 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the Family Theater, located within the Kennedy Center. Tickets for the general public will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis in the Hall of States beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Those patrons who are not able to secure a ticket to the Family Theater will be directed to watch the simulcast in the Grand Foyer. For more information, visit here.

WHUT Programing
During August and September, WHUT will provide special programming that highlights the Civil Rights Movement, the 1963 March on Washington, and historic civil rights figures. For more information, visit here.


Airing and Re-airing Times

Freedom Riders: American Experience

Mon. 8/26 - 3 p.m.
Wed. 8/28 - 12 a.m.
Fri. 8/30 - 9 p.m.
Sat. 8/31 - 1 a.m.
Tues. 9/27 - 8 p.m.

Come Walk In My Shoes

Sun. 8/25 - 5 p.m.
Tues. 8/27 - 10 p.m.
Wed. 8/28 - 2 a.m.
Sat. 8/31 - 4 a.m. & 8 p.m.

Vocal Point: The March Then and Now

Wed. 8/28 - 8 p.m.
Thu. 8/29 - 12 a.m.
Sat. 8/31 - 11 a.m.

Meet Me at Equality: The People’s March

Wed. 8/28 - 9 p.m.
Thu. 8/29 - 1 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Fri. 8/30 - 12 a.m.
Sat. 8/31 - 10 p.m.

A Conversation With Ambassador Andrew Young

Wed. 8/28 - 10 p.m.
Thu. 8/29 - 2 a.m.
 Sat. 8/31 - 9 p.m.

Building the Dream

Thu. 8/29 - 9 p.m.
Fri. 8/30 - 1 a.m.
Sat 8/31 - 11 p.m.

MLK: Making of a Holiday

Thu. 8/29 - 10 p.m.
Fri. 8/30 - 2 a.m.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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