• October 3, 2013 -

    Kaplan University Helps Educate Youth on Lessons From 1963 March on Washington

    Educational Initiative Event
    Dr. Betty Vandenbosch and Dr. Wade Dyke in Washington, DC

    Dr. Bernice A King, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Civil Rights Legends Lead National Conversation With Students Grades 4-12 to Mark the 50th Anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

    Kaplan University, in partnership with The King Center and others, hosted an educational initiative to engage young people in an interactive dialogue with key leaders of the civil rights movement and current student activists.

    The event arrived on the eve of the 50th anniversary celebration of the historic March on Washington, which culminated with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Kaplan University live streamed the two panel discussions across its interactive KAPx platform from the School Without Walls in Washington, DC. 

    “As the world comes together to recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March and my father’s speech, it is important that our youth understand the impact this historic event still has on us today, and the roles they have as future leaders to make the world a better place,” said Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center. 

    The day featured two town hall style panel discussions for high school students in the morning and grade 4–8 students in the afternoon. U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivered remarks during the morning session.

    “We’re delighted to help support such an important event that serves as a virtual field trip for a next generation of leaders,” said Dr. Wade Dyke, President of KaplanUniversity.

    In addition to Secretary Duncan, Dr. King and Chancellor of the DC Public Schools Dr. Kaya Henderson delivered opening remarks at the morning panel.  Panel participants included Angela Farris Watkins, Ambassador Andrew Young, Willy Leventhal, Carolyn McKinstry, Doris Crenshaw, Ernie Green, and Sinclair Blue, a senior at Schools Without Walls High School.

    The afternoon session included opening remarks from Dr. Dyke and Ms. King. Panel participants included Ms. Naomi King, Congressman John Lewis, Elizabeth Omilami, Willie Bolden, Dick Gregory, and Phillip Agnew.

    Kaplan University, along with its College of Public Service, participated because it is a direct correlation to our education commitment. Events such as these are critical in developing active members and leaders of our communities who will continue the social change movements.

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