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MEDIA ADVISORY: UMD Hosts Dedication Ceremony for Lt. Richard Collins III Plaza

Social justice activists, community leaders, government officials, university community, family and friends gather to honor the life and legacy of Lt. Collins and advance conversations on social justice


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COLLEGE PARK, Md - On Monday, May 16, the University of Maryland will host a dedication ceremony for the newly constructed Lt. Richard Collins III Plaza. The plaza will honor the life and legacy of 1st Lt. Richard W. Collins III who was killed in an act of hate on campus in 2017. The program will include social justice activists, community leaders, government officials, university leadership, family and friends of the Collins’ family, joining together to remember Lt. Collins and advance important discussions on social justice and equity for all.

The dedication will be open to the campus.


  • President Darryll J. Pines, University of Maryland

  • President Aminta H. Breaux, Bowie State University

  • Richard and Dawn Collins, Parents of Lt. Richard Collins III

  • The Rev. Joseph Deck III, Reid Temple A.M.E. Church

  • The Rev. William Lamar IV, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church

  • Meredith Weisel, Anti-Defamation League

  • Nadia Aziz, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

  • Damon Hewitt, Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law

  • Susan Bro, Co-founder, President and Board Chair of the Heather Heyer Foundation

  • Melissa Miller, Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. P.A.

  • Melvina Ford, Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Wes Moore, Author, Entrepreneur and Veteran

  • Rashawn Ray, BSU-UMD Social Justice Alliance


Monday, May 16, 2022

  • Program begins at 11:00 AM

  • We request that cameras are set up by 10:30 AM before guests fill in


Lt. Richard Collins III Plaza

Adjacent to Annapolis Hall

7626 Regents Dr., College Park, MD 20742


Parking is available in Lot Y. Parking will not be available directly adjacent to the event and there will be no opportunity to unload on any streets closer to the event, so please plan accordingly. Regents Drive between Baltimore Avenue and Chapel Lane will be closed; you must enter through the main gate at Campus Drive and Baltimore Ave.


A multi-box will be available for media use.


Media must RSVP by May 13 @ 3 p.m. to

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