Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Yesterday USA Today had a special edition dedicated to the March on Washington. There embedded in the special edition is an advertisement where the Seminary recognizes the historical significance of the March. The March was transformative.

The 1963 March was the result of more than twenty years of planning and activism. It was A. Philip Randolph who coordinated the March On Washington Movement (MOWM) during the 1940s. It was Pauli Murray, who spent her third year at VTS, who organized the original March on Washington, which took place on July 25, 1942. This much smaller March (about 500 people participated), was seen as the predecessor of the 1963 March, which attracted over a quarter of million people.

Ms. Annalise Castro, our Multicultural Ministries Coordinator ably led by Professor Donyelle C. McCray our Director, is helping organize the VTS participation in the marches on Saturday. They are leaving at 6.45am from the post office. Seminarians of today are invited to join with Pauli Murray to participate in this 50th Anniversay of the March on Washington. Do please join them.

As the campus lives with the chaos of the construction of a new chapel, one is very conscious that our efforts in the present are like Pauli's - one does what one can to change the future. The Board of Trustees is very clear: our prayer for this new chapel is that it is the home of a worshipping community that is called to bring the power of Christ to a hurting world.  Yesterday's advertisement, remembering Pauli Murray, and our small participation in the marches on Saturday are all symbols of this vitally important message.

The Very Rev Ian Markham
Dean and President

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