ATLANTA (WAOK)-President Jimmy Carter, the Reverend Bernice King and Civil Rights leader CT Vivian in partnership with Target and Points of Light kicked off festivities Sunday celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s Jr’s ” I Have A Dream Speech”. The event held at the Jimmy Carter Center brought out educators, civil rights leaders, and students who explored the topics of civil and human rights, education, and jobs all over dinner. A breakout panel discussed teen drop outs, parental involvement and technology proposing potential solutions and calling for action.
Civil rights leader C T Vivian was asked what contributes to drops outs. Vivian says he can remember one young boy and what he said as to why he dropped out , “his mother had four young children and so he says he dropped out so he could help feed my brothers and sisters. in other words it was poverty.”
The event culminated with the ” I Have a Dream” speech recited by 8 year old Zaquary Asuamah who attends the Museum School in Dekalb County. Also in attendance was Doug Shipman, president of the National Center For Civil and Human Rights Center, Former NBA player Dikembe Mutombo along with local superintendents, principal and teachers.
The Partnership is sponsored by Target as part of its Sunday Supper series, a community initiative that seeks to promote education and diversity with individuals sharing meals. ”