August 28, 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, which was delivered before the Lincoln Memorial as the keynote address of the 1963 March on Washington, D.C. for Civil Rights. Princeton University encourages its community and others to reflect upon King's life, legacy and charge to Americans to help humanity evolve. In the famous speech, King said:
We've come to our nation's capital to cash a check....We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now.
The Annual Celebration
Princeton University will hold its annual celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 on campus in the Carl Fields Center. News coverage and a webcast of the 2016 program are available here.