Celebration recognizes 50th anniversary of “I Have a
January 20, 2014: It has been 50 years since Martin Luther
King Jr. said those famous words, “I have a dream.”
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University of Toledo,
like most other colleges, honored his vision of equality in a
“Defending the Dream” Unity Celebration.
The 2014 Unity Celebration featured remarks by Toledo NAACP
President Ray Wood, in addition to UT President Jacobs
and Mayor Collins.
“Defending the Dream is an appropriate theme to honor the life
of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of this
historic speech; we as a nation and as a city have not succeeded
in making all of Dr. King's dream come true,” Toledo Mayor D.
Michael Collins said.
“We have made progress, but we still have work to do to be able
to ‘transform the jangling discords of our nation into a
beautiful symphony of brotherhood.’ I believe the different
parts of the orchestra are in tune; they are expert in their own
scores but it will require more effort on all of our parts to
obtain that beautiful symphony, one that we long to hear in our
13 ABC reporter and anchor, and Tony Rios Jr., founder
and executive producer of Tony Rios Enterprises Inc. Hispanic
broadcast media and entertainment agency, emceed the event.
The Toledo Interfaith Mass Choir, Toledo Community Youth
Choir, and the MADD Poet Society performed, and the
2014 MLK Scholarship recipients were recognized.
WGTE Public Television
broadcasted the event. A free community luncheon followed the
The Unity Celebration was organized by a committee with
co-chairs Dr. Shanda Gore, UT associate vice president of
equity, diversity and community engagement, and Rosalinda
Contreraz-Harris, executive director of the Toledo Youth