Cadets to be among thousands at King Memorial dedication
UPDATE: Due to Hurricane Irene and anticpated bad weather, The Citadel African American Society has decided to postpone its trip to Washington, D.C., until mid September.
Members of The Citadel’s African-American Society will travel to Washington, D.C., this weekend to attend the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.
Nearly 250,000 people are expected to attend the official dedication on the National Mall marking the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Seven cadets and their two advisors will be among the attendees.
“So many times growing up we’d hear about the civil right movement and the men and women involved,” said Cadet Austin Gray of Charleston, S.C., vice president of the African-American Society. “This is an opportunity for us to pay homage to them and for us to be ambassadors of The Citadel in Washington, D.C.”
Society President Cadet Michael Bailey of Goose Creek, S.C., attended the last Million Man March with his father and is excited to be going back to Washington, D.C., for the King memorial dedication.
“I think the members that are going will really benefit from just being around the people and the atmosphere that Washington D.C., is going to have,” Bailey said. “Just to be there with all the activists that will be there and hear what people have to say and hear people share stories about the things they have been through is a really good experience. I am just excited to go.”
Other cadets expected to make the trip are Charles Stephens and Anthony McCollum of Columbia, S.C, Krystal Brown of Hardeeville, S.C., and Angel Johnson and Paris Scott of Hanahan, S.C.
The cadet-run African-American Society was founded at The Citadel in 1971 with an emphasis on leadership, character development and community service.