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Statement of: David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College President
28 August 2013

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College joins with people all across the nation today in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, DC in 1963 and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

      Looking back, it is clear that Dr. King spoke for all persons of color that day at the Lincoln Memorial. His "dream" is the universal dream that lives in the hearts of all who experience prejudice and racism.

      Dr. King knew that the road toward ending racial bigotry would be long and difficult, demanding the best from all of America's diverse populations. His unforgettable words that day continue to inspire persistence and courage in Native Americans, as we strive to overcome the barriers around us in our state, region and nation.

      Not only did the march lead to the passage of the Civil Right Act, it also led to passage of the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968, directly benefitting Tribal citizens.

      United Tribes invites all people in the Bismarck/Mandan community and around the region to join us next week to reflect on a civil rights experience from 50 years ago. On Wednesday, September 4,* during our Tribal Leader's Summit, we will commemorate the 50th anniversary of a speech by Robert F. Kennedy in Bismarck. His 1963 talk before the National Congress of American Indians widened the scope of the civil rights movement to include American Indians and other groups denied justice in America.

      We extend a warm welcome and open invitation to all who would help us commemorate these events and help overcome the challenges that still remain.


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