50th anniversary of March on Washington

March on Washington poster

WASHINGTON, D.C. — To mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the National Action Network and Martin Luther King III are co-convening a demonstration to continue the battle for jobs, justice and freedom.

They are joined by the MLK Center for Social Change, National Urban League (NUL), National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), United Federation of Teachers (UFT), 1199 SEIU: United Healthcare Workers East, A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

On Aug. 24, citizens from across the United States will converge on the nation’s capital to commemorate and celebrate the historic March on Washington. The 50th Anniversary March on Washington National Action to Realize the Dream March & Rally “Jobs, Justice & Freedom” will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. culminating at the Lincoln Memorial. March on Washington provides information and updates on the numerous commemorative marches being planned throughout the country. In addition, the site provides an opportunity to leave remembrances and pictures of the historic march.

Civil Rights Museum on Wheels

An official within the National Park Service has confirmed that the Civil Rights Museum on Wheels (CRMOW) will be a part of the “Freedom Festival” that will take place on the National Mall during the week of the anniversary celebration. This authentic GMC 1950s transit bus was painstakingly restored and repainted to match the Montgomery bus in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.

Civil Rights Museum on Wheels

Authentic 1950s transit bus was painstakingly restored and repainted to match the Montgomery bus in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.

A state of the art audio, visual and computer system has been installed to make the bus a one-of-a-kind educational and interactive experience. This on-board technology will allow passengers to “get on the bus” and actually hear Rosa Parks talk about what happened on the day she was arrested.

In addition, two drop down DVD screens will allow today’s “freedom riders” to see Dr. King deliver his “I Have a Dream Speech” and/or see other video presentations including an award-winning video short on the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

CRMOW will be making its way into Washington, D.C., in early August.

2013 march

A permit has been obtained that allows citizens, from across the country to march to two institutions of government critical to making Dr. King’s dream a reality: the Depts. of Labor and Justice. For those of you who have been waiting for some details, here’s what we can tell you so far.

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Persons who participated in the 1963 march will lead the 2013 march. As a “March for Jobs & Justice,” the first rally point will take place at the Dept. of Labor and then move to the Dept. of Justice .

Marchers will then make their way to the National Mall to join in other events planned in commemoration of the 50th anniversary.

United States Postal Service spokesperson Roy Betts has confirmed that a commemorative Forever Stamp is being issued in recognition of the 50th anniversary.

March sponsors are asking that on Aug. 28 at 3 p.m. — approximately the time Dr. King began delivering his famous speech — persons, no matter where they are, pledge to not engage in any violent conduct for 63 minutes.

Planned events

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, a Praise and Worship Service for 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, hosted by the National African American Clergy Network.

An interfaith worship service will be Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The service, open to the public, is hosted by The King Center and The Coalition for Jobs, Justice & Freedom.

A “Let Freedom Ring” Ceremony, open to the public, will be 1– 5:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial.

Other activities during the week include:

  • an intergenerational dialogue among women leaders led by NCBCP/Black Women’s Roundtable and National Action Network;
  • Black Youth Vote! Civic Leadership and Organizing Training;
  • SCLC Town Hall Meeting;
  • National Urban League 50th Anniversary Redeem the Dream National Summit; and
  • a Global Freedom Festival led by the National Park Service and The King Center.

Events planned include the following:

Thursday, Aug. 22

  • Celebrating the Legacy of Women in the Movement, Gospel Brunch & Intergenerational Roundtable, Dorothy I. Height Building. To register go to: www.ncbcp.org
  • Celebrating the Legacy of A. Philip Randolph & Bayard Rustin, 44th Annual A. Philip Randolph Institute National Conference, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. To register go to www.apri.org.
  • Celebrating the Legacy of Youth in the Movement, Protect Our Voting Rights & Social Justice Youth Organizing Training, 10th Annual Black Youth Vote! National Civic Leadership Training Conference, National Education Assn. To Register go to www.ncbcp.org

Friday, Aug. 23

  • Redeem the Dream National Summit & Reception, National Building Museum, hosted by National Urban League. Open to the public.
  • National Town Hall Meeting on Poverty & Economic Empowerment, 57th Annual Southern Christian Leadership Conference International Convention, Washington D. C. Convention Center. Open to the public.

You can find a more comprehensive Schedule of Events online.

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