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.
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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.