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Claflin observes 50th anniversary of March on Washington

Oct 30, 2013

The official celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington was held at Claflin on Aug. 28.

The march in 1963 was held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King held his “I Have a Dream” speech.

There were a number of speakers at the Claflin event, and many of them talked about history and people who made big impacts on black culture.

President Henry N. Tisdale was presented a certificate from the mayor of Orangeburg officially recognizing Claflin’s celebration of the March on Washington.

The fight for equality went on for years, and numerous people from a variety of different races fought for an end to the discrimination. The March on Washington marks a day that no person should forget, because it was a time that the nation came together to make a change.

As students of the university, people of the Orangeburg community and others marched around the campus singing “This Little Light of Mine,” a spirit of joy and pride flowed through the campus.

After the march, students were going around the campus singing, “We Shall Overcome.”

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