Aug. 28 ceremony to highlight confluence of important events

The Regis University community and the public are invited to a special ceremony that will mark the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech” and anticipate the Jewish High Holy Days. The ceremony is set for Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 11:30 a.m. on the front steps of Dayton Memorial Library on Regis’ North Denver (Lowell) Campus.

King delivered his iconic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1963. His words enthralled an estimated crowd of more than 200,000 civil rights activists participating in the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. This anniversary falls within the Jewish Month of Elul which precedes the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement). On each of the days of the month of Elul (except on the Sabbath) the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown as a symbol of hope and expectation.  

University President John Fitzgibbons will join with Elisa Robyn, dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences; Sandra Mitchell, chief diversity officer; Byron Plumley, justice education coordinator and members of University Ministry for the service. Students, staff and faculty will participate in the reading of King’s legendary speech.

All are welcome to this brief ceremony of remembrance at the confluence of these two important events.

This event is a collaboration of the Office of the President; Office of the Dean of the School of Humanities & Social Sciences; Office of Diversity, Engagement and Inclusion; University Ministry; Department of Justice Education; Dayton Memorial Library Media Services and the Office of Mission.