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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This story ran in PEPline, PepsiCo’s global employee newsletter, and is proudly brought to you by a PepsiCo employee or a friend or family member of a PepsiCo employee.

From high on top of his father’s shoulders, Westley Dickerson – not yet eight years old – watched Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his “I have a dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963, at the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. 

Westley remembered wandering through the crowded National Mall and splashing around in the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool to escape the late August heat. “My father kept talking about how important it was for us to go because it was about equality for all people,” he recalls.

Westley, an 18-year veteran of PepsiCo and associate manager, Sales at the PBC facility in Cheverly, Md., returned for the historic 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 24. This time, he looked forward to celebrating progress, protesting the remaining inequality in society and hearing the country’s first African-American president speak from the exact spot occupied by Dr. King five decades earlier.

His five children, ranging in age from 12 to 33, also attended this year’s march, which was sponsored by PepsiCo. The family was joined by a busload of PepsiCo volunteers who handed out more than 150,000 bottles of Aquafina to participants. 

Westley hopes the 50th anniversary of the march impresses on his children the same message his father was hoping to teach him in 1963: “Everybody should have the same rights, regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation or any other difference,” Westley says. “It’s because you’re human.”

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Born in 1964, business owner, from Woodbridge, VA, owns ExcitingAds! Inc. ( and blog ( He was born in Mirpurkhas, Sind, Pakistan. His elementary school was ST. Michael's Convent High School, Mirpurkhas, Sind, Pakistan. Graduated high school from ST. Bonaventure's Convent High School, Hyderabad, Sind, Pakistan. His pre-med college was S. A. L. Govt. College, Mirpurkas, Sind, Pakistan. Graduated from Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences, Jamshoro, Sind, Pakistan in 1990. Earned equivalency certification from Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Philadelphia, PA in 1994.

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