UAB commemorates 50th anniversary of MLK's 'I Have a Dream' speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. granite statueUAB will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech with a pair of events Wednesday, August 28.

First up is The Dream Project from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Campus Green Plaza. Students are encouraged to share their own dreams, hopes, and aspirations. Participants will be recorded, but if you're camera shy, here's a little extra incentive: The first 100 people to participate will get a free cupcake from Dreamcakes Bakery.

In the evening will be a screening "Building the Dream," a documentary about the building of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the largest free-standing granite sculpture to be designed and constructed in America. The movie will begin at 6 p.m. in Heritage Hall, Room 102, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring educator and civic activist Odessa Woolfolk. Refreshments will also be provided. The event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the African American Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Iota Nu chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

For more information on either event, contact UAB Multicultural & Diversity Programs at 205-934-8225 or

See 50 Years Forward for more events commemorating Birmingham's role in the Civil Rights Movement.