Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University will mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech with an interfaith service from noon until 12:30, followed by viewing the telecast of the ceremony from Washington, DC, and then a bell ringing at 3 p.m. to coincide with international “Let Freedom Ring!” bell-ringing everywhere.
“Dr. King said, ‘1963 is not an end but a beginning,’” said Barbara Johnson, director of Diversity Initiatives at Carlow University. “This 50th anniversary March on Washington is an opportunity for us to not only join in solidarity with our nation as we continue to strive for justice, equality, and dignity for individuals, but to also live out our Mercy mission, ‘to embrace an ethic of service for a just and merciful world.’ This public act can challenge, invigorate, and educate us in ways that empower every person to find success, feel connected, and enjoy freedom.”
The Carlow events commemorating the anniversary are being sponsored by the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Campus Ministry.
The time-table for the commemorative events is:
- Noon until 12:30 – Interfaith Service in the Hospitality Garden, located across from Frances Warde Hall on the Carlow campus.
- 12:30 until 3 PM – Viewing the telecast of the Washington, DC, ceremony in the commuter lounge on the third floor of Frances Warde Hall.
- 3 PM – Members of the Carlow community will ring bells in the Hospitality Garden as part of the “Let Freedom Ring!” bell ringing everywhere.
Editor’s Note: The news media is welcome to cover Carlow’s commemoration of the anniversary. Please contact Drew Wilson on his cell phone (412-260-6807) to arrange free, convenient parking.
About Carlow University
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University is a comprehensive master's institution dedicated to learner-centered education at the collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus School of Carlow University.