1963 March on Washington – 50th Anniversary
This is an updated post from last year’s activities.
If you are one of the hundred of thousands who will be in D.C. for the 50th Anniversary of the iconic March on Washington and didn’t attend the ’63 march…..for whatever reason, BUT want a glimpse or feel of how the march was organized as well as key points rarely mentioned……I would strongly urge you to scroll down and pick up a copy of “Nobody Turn Me Around.” An excellent book which chronicles things about the march, even veterans of the movement were not aware of.
Secondly, the 50th Anniversary has taken on a more significant dimension, but so that you are not confused and can prepare yourselves please note the following (they are not competing events but serve a specific purpose).
THERE WILL BE EVENTS FOR ABOUT A WEEK LEADING UP TO THE ACTUAL ANNIVERSARY WHICH IS AUGUST 28, 2013 (Wednesday).
Rev. Sharpton through his National Action Network and Martin Luther King, III have always had some type of commemoration during the M.O.W. timeline. To deal with issues our communities are confronted with there will be a march from the Lincoln Monument to the King Memorial, sponsored by The National Action Network.
On Saturday, August 24, 2013 we will gather at 8AM at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC to stand together against the recent attack on voter rights, against Stand Your Ground and racial profiling, and to continue to raise awareness on unemployment, poverty, gun violence, immigration, gay rights and other critical issues affecting our nation. 50 years ago when we marched on Washington it was an historic event that lead to the passage of the very civil rights legislation that ended Jim Crow and began the modern era of civil rights. It brought us our dignity, our humanity and our march to realize the dream that so many had given their lives for.
A separate organization, The 50th Anniversary March on Washington will also be having an event. It includes a workshop on August 27th and culminates with a march and call for action to be held at the Lincoln Monument on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. It was announced the other day President Obama will be making remarks, so while details are still be ironed out (security, logistics, etc.), surely the memorial is in public space, so I would imagine just like the inauguration a certain section may be V.I.P. and/or ticketed, but there is still plenty of room for the public because I would not imagine the public would be shut out for such an important event. Finally, Rev. Bernice King is organizing for people around the world to ring in “Freedom Bells” at 3pm (EST).
for those of you unable to come to D.C. but wish to commemorate and get involved in this historic event you are encouraged you check your local organizations as thousands of cities are planning on doing something in conjunction with the main event.
[Washington, D.C.] Today we celebrate a seminal event of the 20th Century – the 1963 March on Washington. Forty-nine years ago it was a hot August summer where the nation came together life never before. The March on Washington was a call to political leaders to create public policy so all Americans could be afforded equality and the opportunity to earn a living. The climax of the event came when the Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered what many have defined his “I Have A Dream Speech.” The official title of the speech was actually “Normalcy, Never Again.”
For those who did not get a chance to go to The March on Washington……….or weren’t born, or for whatever reason………you are encouraged to read Charles Euchner’s “Nobody Turn Me Around.” It takes you into places very few have gone as it chronicles the leaders as well as the unsung heroes in their planning, sacrifices and their journey to Washington D.C. on August 28, 2012. An incredible book that is well written and provides plenty of documentation.