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Georgetown Observes 50th Anniversary of March With Bell-Ringing

Aug. 28, 2013 – The bells of Healy Hall rang loud and clear as members of the Georgetown community observed the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with its 3 p.m. “Let Freedom Ring” program today.

"It is rare in the tradition of our school that the bells of Healy peal like this today, but we gather in such moments of significance to our nation's history and our university's history," said Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J., vice president of mission and ministry. "Today we remember a dream that was meant not simply for a day or a year or a decade, but for decades to come."

The Healy bells joined a chorus of others across the country rung at the moment Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

A group of students – Aya Waller-Bey (C'14), Amanda Wynter (SFS'14), Adan Gonzalez (C'15), Kevin Sullivan (SFS'14) Rebecca Marrow (SFS'15), Matthew Chung (C'14) and David Price (C'14) – read from King's iconic speech after the Healy bells finished chiming.

The commemoration of the march occurred on the first day of classes, and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia encouraged students, faculty and staff to mark the occasion, which he said is in keeping with Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit identity to care for one another.

“It is fitting that this anniversary occurs on the first day of our academic year, as we introduce our newest students to our way of life here at Georgetown,” DeGioia said earlier today. “Animated by our Catholic and Jesuit tradition, we seek to contribute to the betterment of our world.”

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