Shirley Franklin was an 18-year-old Howard University student when she stood with 200,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
At that time, she said, she couldn’t have dreamed she would go on to become a college professor and the mayor of Atlanta. Looking back, Franklin, now a visiting professor of ethics and political values at the University of Texas, says the experience was one of the highlights of her life.
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Austin events marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:
Day of Dignity
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, south steps of the Capitol
March for Civil Rights
8 p.m. Sunday, front gate of the Capitol