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Union College awards degrees as civil-rights legend Lewis urges action

Nearly 50 years after he helped organize the historic march on Washington, a defining moment in the civil rights movement, U.S. Rep. John Lewis urged members of the Class of 2013 to "find a way to get in the way."

"You must leave here and get in trouble," said Lewis, a 13-term congressman from Atlanta who, at age 23, was a keynote speaker at the march in August 1963 where 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Lewis is the last surviving speaker from the march.

"You must get in good trouble, necessary trouble. You must help change America, you must help change the world. With your degree, you are prepared to go out there and speak up and speak out."

A total of 472 students received their degrees during the College's 219th commencement on Hull Plaza Sunday.

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