50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
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Naturally there is great interest in the activities surrounding the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. A number of national and international media organizations (including radio, television, and print) have made inquiries about covering the activities referenced on this site – including the conference on civil rights to be held at Howard University on August 27, 2013 and the commemorative march to be held on August 28, 2013. We are truly honored by these request and look forward to sharing the good news that comes from these and other related activities.
But we had to make a decision regarding who was going to be the “official” news organization to cover the conference at Howard on August 27, 2013 and commemorative march that will occur on the following day. Among the many request that we received, only one news organization stood out from all of the others – Eliot Hine Middle School Radio.
Eliot Hine Middle School, in Washington, D.C., has launched the first radio program run solely by middle school students. The staff and leaders at Eliot Hine Middle School have used the radio platform to build a strong educational experience for the students at Eliot Hine Middle School.
The students have responded by developing and creating entertaining, yet educational, programming for their broad listening audience. For example, the students of Eliot Hine have interviewed D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Washington Redskin Josh Morgan, national radio host Mr. C from WHUR 96.3 FM, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Congressman John Lewis, Rap City star Big Tigga, and national gospel singer Patrick Lundy.
So as you can see there was no choice here. The selection of Eliot Hine Middle School Radio was not only the logical choice (given their past experiences) but the right choice as well. In celebrating the historic events of August 28, 1963 (while we welcome all news organizations) we want our message to be put out there by the perfect messenger – in this case the youth of our nation. Congratulations to the students and staff of Eliot Hine Middle School Radio. We’ll be listening to you 27th!!!