Mercer Rings Bells to Remember 'I Have a Dream' 50th

6:48 PM, Aug 28, 2013   |    comments
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In 2013, students and staff of all ages and races gathering to ring bells is something no one would ever think twice about.

"It is kind of weird to think that there was ever a time where people couldn't, of different colors stand together and just ring bells and acknowledge the fact that we're all people," says Mercer University sophomore Jacqueline Zvandasara.

But in 1963, when Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington, things were different.

"If you think about it, just to viewed equal by a fellow peer is something that we take for granted," says sophomore Jaleel Menifee.

Dozens of students and staff at Mercer gathered on campus in front of the statue of Jesse Mercer to pause for a moment of silence at 3:00 in honor of King's speech, followed by the ringing of bells.

Some said the event also made them proud of progress made in Mercer's own history over the last 50 years.  It was the first institution in Georgia to desegregate.

"It hopefully continues to be growing in leaps and bounds, but only if we fight for it," says Counselor Ellyn Couilland.

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