United States Postal Service spokes person Roy Betts has confirmed that the Postal Service is issuing a commemorative Forever Stamp in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington. Mr. Betts (who would not give us a sneak peak of the new stamp) did, however, confirm that the stamp will be issued sometime later this summer.
On August 28, 1963, at approximately 3:00 pm, Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. began delivering his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech. August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the great March on Washington. But 50 years later many aspects of Doctor King’s dream alludes us. Violence, for example, in many cities is worse now than it was fifty years ago. However, you can do something about it. Begin, on August 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm, by making a pledge to not engage in any violent conduct for 63 minutes. You don’t have to be in Washington D.C., commemorating the 50th anniversary, to make this commitment. In fact, we need you in your community making and encouraging others to be non violent and avoid violent confrontations for just 63 minutes starting at 3:00 pm on August 28, 2013. That’s how we can make Doctor King’s dream come true… one minute at a time. That’s right just 63 minutes can change your community, your city, your nation, and maybe even your own life or the life of someone you love.
“STAY TUNED” TO THIS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER DETAILS AS THIS GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN BUILDS MOMENTUM IN CITIES ACCROSS OUR NATION.
Cherise Y. Peters currently serves as the Associate Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management at Alabama State University. During her thirty-two years of experience in the field of post secondary education she has seen it all. Watching young adults making Doctor King’s dream come true at colleges and universities, has been especially satisfying to Peters. But witnessing the low college retention rates among students of color and the achievement gap that carries over from high school into college has been, at times, very frustrating for Peters. Her award winning work on enrollment and admissions services at large universities and colleges like Alabama State, Georgia State, and DeVry Universities uniquely positions her to offer insights into the solutions that will keep the dream alive for college students across our nation. We are fortunate to have her join Doctor Perkins at the Washington Court Hotel (located at 525 New Jersey Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.) on August 27, 2013. Register on-line for the conference today! UPDATE: Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean Claude Brizard will join Doctor Perkins and Vice Provost Peters at the August 27, 2013 conference.
DR. BRIAN PERKINS TO BE A FEATURED PANELIST AT THE AUGUST 27, 2013 CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS AT THE WASHINGTON COURT HOTEL.
Dr. Brian Perkins is the Director of the Urban Education Leadership Program at Columbia University Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership. Dr. Perkins is a distinguished Yale alumnus and was named a Timothy Dwight Fellow in 2004. He was a member of the research faculty at the Yale University School of Medicine. He has served as a consultant to school districts throughout the U.S., the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa. He was recently the President of the New Haven Board of Education where he served for almost 11 years. He also served for four years on the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association. Dr. Perkins served two terms as national chair for CUBE: Council of Urban Boards of Education and was the chair for the National Black Caucus of School Board Members. Dr. Perkins was also the national chair of the Leadership for Healthy Communities initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Perkins is the author of several published articles and book chapters and serves as the Principal Investigator and Author of Where We Learn (2006), Where We Teach (2007) and What We Think (2008) – the largest studies on urban school climate in the history of public education. His forthcoming manuscript, Improving School Climate from the Inside Out, is scheduled to be released later this year. Dr. Perkins has recently released a survey and study (endorsed by the National School Boards Association) to better understand school climate. The results of the study were released in 2011 and believed to impact school district practices across the nation. Given his extensive experience, we feel very fortunate to have him as a principal participant in this very important conversation on civil rights.
Courtesy of Eliot Hines Middle School, you’re listening to the first public service announcement letting folks know that there will be a march and conference (on August 27 and 28, 2013) celebrating the historic 1963 March on Washington.