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Amistad & Dillard Join in Commemoration of the March On Washington's 60th Anniversary


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The Amistad Research Center and Dillard University Join in Commemoration of the

60th Anniversary of the March on Washington


July 17, 2023, New Orleans, La.—The Amistad Research Center and Dillard University join with other community partners to organize a three-day commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington, August 26-August 28 at Dillard University. The purpose of the commemorative weekend is to acknowledge the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the famed I Have a Dream speech. The public is invited to join students in discussions about the Civil Rights Movement in Louisiana and to answer the question, where do we go from here? All events are free to the public.


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

60th Anniversary of the March on Washington:

Where do we go from here?

Documentary film screening of “Louisiana Diary”and discussion with Ronnie Moore and Doratha Smith-Simmons, former New Orleans C.O.R.E. activists.

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Georges Auditorium, Dillard University

The Opening Program features “Louisiana Diary” a documentary film which follows members of the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) from July 1963 to August 1963 through rural Louisiana conducting voter registration education. New Orleans natives Ronnie Moore, the Louisiana Field Secretary for C.O.R.E., and Doratha Smith-Simmons, a C.O.R.E. volunteer, give remembrances of events leading up to the March and Civil Rights after August 28, 1963. What was the purpose of the March? How far have we come? Where do we go from here? This program is presented by the Amistad Research Center and hosted by the Center for Racial Justice at Dillard University and the Jesuit Social Research Institute of Loyola University. Please contact Kathe Hambrick, Interim Executive Director of the Amistad Research Center for more information at khambrick@tulane.edu.


About the Amistad Research Center

The Amistad Research Center is committed to collecting, preserving, and providing open access to original materials that reference the social and cultural importance of America's ethnic and racial history, the African Diaspora, human relations, and civil rights. ARC (Amistad Research Center) houses more than 800 collections including: 15 million original manuscripts and rare documents ranging from the 1780s to present; 2,000+ periodicals dating from the early 19th century; 250,000 photographs dating from1859; 8,000 individual moving image and sound recordings; 400+ oral histories by musicians, civil rights activists, writers, military figures and community members; 400 works of African and African American art, including works by several internationally renowned 19th and 20th century African American masters; and 30,000+ monographs, books, articles and dissertations on the history of African American and ethnic groups.


 

60th Anniversary of the March on Washington: Where do we go from here?

Interfaith Service

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2023

Time: 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Lawless Memorial Chapel, Dillard University

The Interfaith Community Service is open to the public. History shows us that the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963 included diverse groups of people of all ages, faiths, economic backgrounds, and ethnicities. As the Dillard University motto states, Ex Fide Fortis, our strength comes from our faith. The Dillard University Office of the University Chaplain, The National Center for Black Jewish Relations and Loyola University’s Jesuit Institute for Social Justice, partner in inviting members of the clergy and people of all faiths to join the Sunday service hosted by Rev. Herbert Brisbon, Lawless Memorial Chapel Chaplain. Please contact Rev. Brisbon to join as an interfaith group at hbrisbon@dillard.edu.


60th Anniversary of the March on Washington: Where do we go from here?

Student Engagement Program

Date: Monday, August 28, 2023

Time: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Georges Auditorium, Dillard University

The Center for Racial Justice and the students at Dillard University will present young adult voices, demonstrating how the past has influenced opportunities today and laid the foundation for their success in the future. Contact Dr. Ashraf Esmail, Committee Chair, for more information about this day at aesmail@dillard.edu.

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