Twelve Saint Augustine’s University students and two faculty members had a once in a lifetime experience when they traveled to Washington, DC in observance of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. While in the nation’s capitol, they joined representatives from other historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) at the National Education Association building for a pre-March rally. This collaboration was organized by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education to bring attention to recent policy changes that have forced tens of thousands of HBCU students to drop out of school. In addition to participating in the 50th Anniversary March on Washington, they also visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and made a walking tour to see other memorials, monuments and museums.
“The 50th Anniversary March on Washington was a critical introduction for our students to the relevance of civic engagement to their own lives,” said Dr. Elizabeth Fournier, chair of SAU’s Department of History, Government and Public Policy.
Below are some quotes from the students reflecting on what the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington meant to them.
“Going to the 50th Anniversary March on Washington was a memorable experience and I’m glad I could be there to share that moment with my fellow peers and American citizens.” – Electa Miller
“It is our duty as educated people to keep the dream of Martin Luther King Jr. alive by giving our youth hope in pursuing their dreams.” – Robert Gray