WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kaplan University, in partnership with The King Center and others, will be hosting an Educational Initiative to engage young people in an interactive dialogue with key leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and current student activists.
“We’re delighted to help support such an important event that serves as a virtual field trip for a next generation of leaders”
The event comes 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 will be live streaming two panel discussions across its interactive KAPx platform from the School Without Walls in Washington D.C.
“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 Ms. Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center.
The day will feature two town hall style panel discussions for high school students in the morning (9:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.) and grade 4 -8 students in the afternoon (1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.). U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan will deliver 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 Kaplan University.
In addition to Secretary Duncan, Dr. King and Chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools Dr. Kaya Henderson will deliver opening remarks at the morning panel. Panel participants include 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 includes opening remarks from Dr. Dyke and Ms. King. Panel participants include Ms. Naomi King, Congressman John Lewis, Elizabeth Omilami, Willie Bolden, Dick Gregory, and Phillip Agnew.
Kaplan University, along with its College of Public Service, is participating 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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