Viewing event for Obama's remarks on 'I Have a Dream' anniversary – Aug. 28

McKinnon Hall will be open from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Wednesday for members of the campus community who wish to watch events leading up to and following President Barack Obama's address as part of the "Let Freedom Ring" commemoration.

The Black Cultural Society and the Multicultural Center have organized a viewing event on Wednesday, Aug. 28, for members of the Elon University community who wish to watch President Barack Obama speak on the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The program takes place in McKinnon Hall in Moseley Center. McKinnon Hall will be open from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. for anyone wishing to watch speakers and events leading up to and following Obama’s address as part of the “Let Freedom Ring” Commemoration and Call to Action.

Other speakers/performers will include former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the King Family, elected officials, international dignitaries, celebrities, youth and leaders from national and international organizations.

The exact time of Obama’s address is yet to be announced, though the King Center says it will occur before 3 p.m.

A “Let Freedom Ring” bell-ringing ceremony will occur at 3 p.m. at many sites worldwide, including the Elon campus and the Elon Community Church. For more information on the “Let Freedom Ring” Commemorative Ceremony, visit

Other 2013-14 events honoring King:

  • September 25: Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Taylor Branch, “Myth and Miracles from the King Years” in McCrary Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for the Baird Pulitzer Prize lecture
  • January 8: William A. Darity Jr., “Bold Policies for Economic Justice” in the LaRose Digital Theater, 6 p.m.
  • January 21: Douglas Foster, “Making Good on the Promise: Generational challenges in post-apartheid South Africa” in Yeager Recital Hall, 6 p.m.
  • January 23: Patricia J William, “The Eradication of Prejudice” in McCrary Theatre at 6 p.m.