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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND TO HOST KING TRIBUTE

Greg Dohler/The Gazette: A sample of Donald Conway’s collection of international stamps featuring Martin Luther King Jr.

By Alice Popovici, The Gazette

Donald Conway of Beltsville said he remembers standing a few hundred feet away from Martin Luther King Jr. on Aug. 28, 1963, as the civil rights leader spoke before hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington, D.C.

“You could see people all the way back to the [U.S.] Capitol,” Conway said of attending the March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. “I got to witness the famous speech of all time in this country.”

Conway, a retired Prince George’s County Public Schools physical education teacher, said he will bring these memories along with a display of photographs, stamps and memorabilia featuring King to a Jan. 17 event commemorating the civil rights leader at the University of Maryland, College Park...

The keynote address, which will be delivered by Bonnie Thornton Dill, dean of the university’s College of Arts and Humanities, will discuss King as “an inspirational leader” during the civil rights movement, Thornton Dill said in an email.

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Date of Publication: 
1/13/15