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Rev. Bernice King, President Jimmy Carter, C.T. Vivian Kick off 50th Anniv. Of March On Washington At The Carter Center

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PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MALLARD

PHOTO BY CYNTHIA MALLARD

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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.  ”

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