New Gael, Rachel Hartley, with Brother Dominic Berardelli, left, and her parents Russell and Linda Hartley, ring the bell in the arcade on Aug. 28 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech.
KAREN KEMP PHOTOGRAPH/SAINT MARY'S COLLEGE
A day to remember
As freshmen were moving into the residence halls at Saint Mary's College of California, one family experienced a moment that will echo in their lives for a long time to come.
Rachel Hartley, Class of 2017, was touring Saint Mary's College with her parents, Russell and Linda Hartley of Portland, Oregon. Led by Christian Brother Dominic Berardelli — whom the Hartleys know from De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland — they just happened to be near the arcade at noontime. Brother Dominic told them the bell would be rung at noon to commemorate the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, which had been given 50 years before.
"Just come over here," the Hartleys were invited, "and grab a hold."
Father, mother and freshman — the last of their three daughters to enter college — stepped right up.
"Let freedom ring," said Russell Hartley. "It was very good," he said, savoring the "historical value" of the moment.
Across the country, the Hartley's second daughter, a senior at Georgetown University, was participating in events on the Washington Mall commemorating Dr. King's speech from 50 years before.
The Hartley's eldest daughter is a graduate of Concordia University.
Rachel has come to Saint Mary's to study communications, with interests in journalism as well as the theater. Her father calls her "a real joy."
The prospect of an empty nest, combined with the beauty of the Bay Area on a sunny August day, prompted him to say "I might not go home."
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