Mayor Coleen J. Seng today encouraged the public to attend a free ceremony in honor of the 40th anniversary of the March on Washington from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, August 23 in the rotunda of the State Capitol. Governor Mike Johanns will speak at the event, sponsored by the City of Lincoln and the State of Nebraska. A representative from Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey’s office will also speak, and the Newman United Methodist Church choir will perform.
“The March on Washington on August 28, 1963 was America at its best,” said Mayor Seng, who will present a proclamation at the event. “It was a momentous day as 250,000 people marched for jobs and freedom. This important date in the civil rights movement must never be forgotten.”
Although August 23 has been set as the national day for celebrating the March, another program is planned for Thursday August 28 at the Nebraska Union, 1400 “R” Street. The free public program begins at 11:30 with a video of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the march. A panel discussion will follow. More information on the August 28th event is available by calling 472-3755.