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Welcome Day at Shasta College celebrates 50th anniversary of the "I have a dream..." speech

By Stephanie Montano, smontano@krcrtv.com
Published On: Aug 28 2013 07:57:40 PM CDT
REDDING, Calif. -

Wednesday was a special day at Shasta College. Students were welcomed back to campus on the same day the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream..." speech.

Students were able to visit different booths and learn about what resources are available to them and at the same time were able to hear guest speaker Dickie Magidoff talk about his experience.

Dickie Magidoff said he was in Washington, D.C. 50 years ago to hear the speech.
He said his memories of that day are a bit fuzzy but does remember the crowd's energy.

"At the time, I was very impressed with all this energy, people just spontaneously bursting into song and chanting for freedom and people from all different kinds of groups," said Magidoff.

Magidoff said the crowd was so big he could barely see Martin Luther King, Jr. but he said the presence he brought that day was powerful.

"It’s pretty indescribable to put into words, but it was just a feeling of unity of being together for some really good powerful reason," said Magidoff.

On Wednesday, Magidoff was able to share that moment in history with students at Shasta College.

Some students marched around campus to remind each other of the importance of that day and the difference that it made.

"I believe that his words where incredible and he had a dream that is important for everybody," said student Chante Catt.

This is the first time the college has been able to combine a historic event with their annual 'welcome day.'