A group of students from several historically black colleges and universities will be in Washington, D.C., Aug. 23-27 to participate in the Aug. 24 commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and related activities. The AFT is supporting their visit to the nation's capital.
The 40 students hail from schools such as Alabama State University; American Baptist University; Howard University; the Atlanta University Complex, which includes Morehouse, Spelman and Clark colleges; Tuskegee University; and Virginia Union University. They are coming to D.C. as part of a program being sponsored by the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. A participant in the AFT's Faith in Action program, the Proctor Conference is a cross section of African-American faith leaders who are committed to advancing issues related to social and human justice.
During their stay in Washington, the students will attend a program at Howard University, visit a civil rights exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution and conduct a mock hearing on Capitol Hill. And they will participate in teach-ins led by noted civil rights leaders, including the Rev. C.T. Vivian, who President Obama recently announced will receive the Presidential Medal of Honor.
"Our goal is to make sure these young people are immersed in an educational experience that affirms the passing of the torch of leadership to them," says Iva Carruthers, general secretary of the Proctor Conference, "and that they recognize their responsibility to continue the movement for justice."
The AFT will host a luncheon for the students on Aug. 26 where they will have an opportunity to discuss some of the issues foremost on their minds, and what they see as the role of young people today in community mobilizing and organizing. [Roger Glass]
Aug. 19, 2013