Tens of thousands of civil rights activists from around the world are expected to gather in the nation’s capital Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the landmark March on Washington in 1963, but the event has recently taken on a much more urgent purpose.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key section of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act. That was followed by the July 13 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford. Those two events have brought the issue of racial justice and equality once again to the front burner of U.S. political discourse.
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50 YEARS LATER: MLK’s ‘DREAM’ SPEECH
Saturday, tens of thousands of people are expected at the National Mall to commemorate the historic 1963 March on Washington which culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28.
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Civil rights advocates — led by the NAACP, Urban League and National Action Network — will hear various speakers at the Saturday march and rally in Washington.
On the Aug. 28 anniversary, numerous other commemorative marches and events are planned around the country — such as panel discussion on race and class sponsored by the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum and Auroras Voices in Delray Beach and a town hall meeting on education at the Urban League of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach.
Also on Aug. 28, President Barack Obama will speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
For more information on Washington, D.C. events: http://50thanniversarymarchonwashington.com/