“March on Washington” at 50

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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington,” a seminal event in modern civil rights history – one that changed the cultural direction of this nation.  Officially titled the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” its initial impact surprised even its organizers.  In a time before cell phones and personal computers, word of the event spread quickly and attracted more than 200,000 people to the U.S. capital as a steamy summer neared its end.  Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was the highlight of the march and remains its signature hallmark.  But, it was more than a showcase for King; it was about a movement and a people – the American people.  It was a call for the U.S. to uphold its constitutional values that all citizens are created equal.  People will forever debate its merits.  But, there’s no doubt it became a critical force in moving this nation forward; a real catalyst for positive change and opportunity.

The fight actually continues in relentless calls for economic and social justice.  Battles like this are never won so easily.

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Official program.

Photos from the event.

Top image courtesy of United Liberty.

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2 responses to ““March on Washington” at 50

  1. For all the steps we have taken forward, we step back. Perhaps that is the way of it. Thanks for this.

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