50th anniversary of the March on Washington remembered
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 28, 2013) — 50 years ago, Martin Luther King stood in front of thousands gathered on the National Mall and declared, “Let freedom ring!” Today, communities all over the world celebrated King’s passionate call for racial and social equality. At Tuskegee, students, faculty, administrators and staff gathered at the bell in front of Thrasher Hall to mark the anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Tuskegee University President, Gilbert L. Rochon rings historic Thrasher Hall bell.
The Thrasher bell is nearly 120 years old and may have links to Paul Revere. At precisely 2 p.m., several members of the university community including Tuskegee University President Gilbert L. Rochon and Student Government Association president, Kyle Spencer, rang the historic bell 50 times with a mallet. The event was part of an international uniting of colleges and universities who rang their bells to honor King and the march.
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