Dream Initiative

March on Washington

Dream Initiative

Engage in opportunities that commemorate, foster reflection, educate and amplify our shared, social justice aspirations and actions for change.

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Introducing the Dream Initiative

2023 marks the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered the historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Inspired by historical and contemporary justice movements, the Dream Initiative, based in the College of Liberal Arts, invites Twin Cities organizations and communities to engage in opportunities that commemorate, foster reflection, educate and amplify our shared, social justice aspirations and actions for change.

  • Developing Shared Equity Leadership across all parts of our community
  • Raising awareness about and participation in community, civic, and voter engagement
  • Educating for world readiness and to advance social justice, equity, and excellence
  • Advocating and increasing accountability for equitable access and outcomes
  • Mentoring and practicing mutuality

The Dream Initiative is a values-based effort that calls on us to show up in our roles, and step up the pace of dreamable endeavors that will propel the Twin Cities region forward. The Dream Initiative also offers us a leadership moment. It implores us to express–from our diverse vantage points–what is still not right, just, safe or secure in institutions and communities, and to mount doable efforts for change that embrace diversity, welcome all with spirited inclusion, and ensure shared equity.



Will Jones leans against a brick backdrop. He is wearing a purple button down shirt and grey blazer.

The March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom: A History Revealed

History professor Will Jones shares eight facts about the 1963 March on Washington that your history books might have missed.

Read A History Revealed

Yusra Hassan has curly black hair and wears a tan blazer

Doing Our Part and Hoping for the Best

Meet Yusra Hassan, the daughter of immigrants and an aspiring immigration attorney.

Read Doing Our Part

O'Neill Sanford wears a maroon suit and white gloves, conducting the Marching Band in 1977.

Making it in Minnesota

Summers in New Orleans, a failed rhythm test, and a meddling, well-intentioned friend—the start of an unconventional journey to Minnesota.

Read Making it in Minnesota



The College of Liberal Arts is grateful to our partners in helping us to bring the Dream Initiative to life.

Extending our gratitude to all who have supported the Let Freedom Ring concert


TigerLion Arts, Juxtaposition Arts


General Mills, The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Medtronic, The Minneapolis Foundation, Minnesota Public Radio, Smaby Family Foundation, University of Minnesota Foundation, and the University of Minnesota


Robert H Bruininks & Susan A Hagstrum, Louis & Alissa Clark, John Coleman & Laura Leitch, and Michael Perry

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in CLA

The core values of the College of Liberal Arts include freedom of thought and expression; respect, diversity, and social justice; excellence in all we do; and efficiency and adaptability in the achievement of our mission.