WASHINGTON — Alabama State University will have a sizable presence at Wednesday’s Washington D.C. events commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Twenty-three students from Montgomery’s historically black college will walk in the morning march and attend the afternoon event featuring former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and President Barack Obama at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
The students from ASU’s Student Orientation Services were on hand for a daylong conference on civil rights Tuesday at a Washington hotel.
“Dr. Martin Luther King did his time, and now it’s time for us to do ours,” said Ty’ronn Spriggs, an ASU junior studying accounting. Spriggs said ASU has special proximity to the civil rights movement – King’s wife and daughter sheltered in a female dorm on campus after his Montgomery home was bombed in 1956.
At a panel discussion about the role of young citizens in the modern civil rights debate, Spriggs urged his fellow students to listen to the stories of their elders and stay on top of the news.
“We can stay focused and educate ourselves if nobody else does,” Spriggs said.
–Mary Orndorff Troyan