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Expert Alert: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

August 20, 2013

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech, is Wednesday, Aug. 28. The march is still considered one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and is widely credited for helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The following University of Minnesota experts are available to discuss this watershed moment in the Civil Rights Movement:

Keith Mayes, associate professor and chair, Department of African American & African Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Among Mayes’ areas of expertise include 19th and 20th Century African American History; civil rights and the Black Power Movement; and black history and educational policy. He is currently co-authoring a book entitled “Civil Rights and Black Power: The Struggle for Black Equality in the United States.”

Sam Myers, professor and chair, Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Myers specializes in the impacts of social policies on the poor and is a national authority on the methodology of conducting disparity studies. He has consulted with several national agencies, including the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the Federal Trade Commission.

Catherine Squires, associate professor, Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Squires has studied and written about African American social movements and media coverage of civil rights movements; King’s legacy in “post-racial” discourse; and African American newspaper and radio stations’ contributions to civil rights progress. In July she participated in the panel discussion “Media, Memory and the March on Washington” convened by the Newseum Institute in Washington, D.C.

To schedule an interview, contact Steve Henneberry at (612) 624-1690 or or Julie Christensen at (612) 626-1720 or

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