USF’s “Sharing the Legacy” commemorating King’s “I have a dream” speech

July 29, 2013 FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The University of Saint Francis and the Fort Wayne MLK Club will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C. with an event entitled “Sharing the Legacy.” The event will be held Aug. 28 in the ballroom of the USF Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St., from 3:30-5 p.m.

“Sharing the Legacy” will echo and build upon the theme of its forbearer, the Legacy of Peace Luncheon, held at the USF Performing Arts Center on June 5 to recognize the 50-year anniversary of King’s historic speech on the same stage.

“Sharing the Legacy” will resonate of cross-generational gifts through discussions between those who lived during the era, including some who attended the speech and were active in the social justice movement, and younger listeners. The profound impact the experience, speech and March on Washington made upon the speakers, their generation and the world today will be passed on. Students of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The story-telling and mentoring will be augmented by the broadcast of the complete, 17-minute historic speech and the display of the podium Dr. King used to deliver his Fort Wayne speech just two months before the D.C. event. The photo and story exhibit about the Fort Wayne speech created for Legacy of Peace will again be displayed.

The event is free, and free parking is available across the street from the USF Performing Arts Center. Registration is at Students of all ages, and groups, are encouraged to attend. Students in grades K-grade eight should attend with an adult. For information, contact Garien Hudson at or 399-7700, ext. 6304.

“Dr. King’s philosophy mirrors that of the university in its focus on peace and justice, qualities that are reflected in our Franciscan values,” said University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF. “We are proud to host this commemorative event in the place where 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood to bring his message to the people of Fort Wayne.”

  The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 60 undergraduate and 14 graduate programs in five schools: The School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. More than 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence. The university has a regional campus in Crown Point, Ind.

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