IN PHOTOS: Duke VP of institutional equity attends March on Washington anniversary

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

Benjamin Reese, who oversees diversity, discrimination prevention and equal opportunity at Duke, attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in D.C. Saturday with his family.

I had the chance to chat with him last week for our March on Washington story.

He sent us a few photos from his trip, which include him along the National Mall and posing with a woman who attended the original 1963 march. She still had the original pennant from the historic event.

He was a high school student living in New York City in 1963, the year of the original march. At that time, he couldn’t go into certain restaurants and stayed away from certain neighborhoods just because of the color of his skin.

“Literally every moment that I wasn’t in school, I was on some picket line, some demonstration, and issues of race and equality just pervaded my life during those years, as it does now,” Reese said.