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Johnson C. Smith University Alumni Share Memories of March on Washington

Charlotte, N.C. (August 7, 2013) – Charles Jones of Charlotte, N.C., sat in the tenth row during the March on Washington to hear Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech. Jones was a member of the Freedom Riders whose activism cost him 30 days working on a chain gang in Rock Hill, S.C.

Jones joins more than 20 other Johnson C. Smith University alumni who share their memories of the March on Washington in a new feature on the university’s website ( The web feature will go live on August 21 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March that took place on August 28, 1963.

 The website captures more than 20 comments from alumni, some of whom were at the March itself and many others who participated in related Civil Rights Movement events.

In addition to chronicling first-hand accounts by alumni, the feature will also include a timeline of the period and offer information on a free exhibit on the JCSU campus titled: “Courage: The Carolina Story that Changed America.”

 About Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 22 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube, LinkedInPinterest and Instagram.  




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