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Aug. 27, 2003

Skorton Issues Statement On Anniversary Of King's 'Dream' Speech

The following is a statement by University of Iowa President David Skorton, intended for release on Thursday, Aug. 28, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech":

Today is the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech "I Have a Dream," delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963. This speech is as inspiring, uplifting, and relevant today as it was on the day it was delivered. Unfortunately, the problems facing our society that Dr. King spoke about are also still relevant on Aug. 28, 2003. A significant focus of my administration is the continued and increasing importance of diversity in our society and, in particular, to the educational missions of our colleges and universities. In the coming weeks, remembering Dr. King's inspirational remarks will serve as a touchstone for restating and celebrating our commitment to equal opportunity for everyone today and in the years to come.

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

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