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Office of the President
Office of the President
114 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-3001 (fax)



August 28, 2013

Today marks an important date in American history: the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visionary "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington, D.C. The speech was the culminating event of a purposeful and peaceful 1963 civil rights march on Washington that brought hundreds of thousands of citizens to the nation's capital to petition for passage of landmark civil rights legislation.

To commemorate this anniversary and honor Dr. King, Gov. Nikki Haley has proclaimed today "Let Freedom Ring Day," and encouraged South Carolinians to ring bells at 3 p.m. to mark the time when Dr. King concluded his address 50 years ago. In keeping with that proclamation, Winthrop's Tillman Tower chimes will mark 3 p.m., then play "Let There Be Peace on Earth."

Wherever you may be at that time, I encourage you to pause for a moment of reflection on Dr. King's legacy, and how Winthrop's inclusive campus community and our Dedication for Excellence represent the social progress America has made over the past 50 years.

As those who gathered in Washington 50 years ago demonstrated so well, to be a person of success, one first must be a person of value.