50 Years And The Struggle Continues: The MLK 50th Anniversary March On Washington, D.C.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Then…..The March on Washington 1963

 

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The March on Washington in Photographs

 

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On August 28, 1963, photographer Rowland Scherman, working for the United States Information Agency (USIA), took a photograph which has become an iconic image of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This Inside the Vaults video short follows the subject of the photograph: Edith Lee-Payne of Detroit, Michigan, who celebrated her 12th birthday by attending the March on Washington with her mother.

 

In the photograph, which is among the holdings of the National Archives, she carries a March on Washington banner and concentrates intently on the scene before her. Ms. Lee-Payne had no idea she had been photographed until recently, when her sister saw the photograph in a calendar celebrating African-American history.

 

The well-known image has been reproduced countless times in history books, on calendars, and most recently in the National Park Service brochure for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Also appearing in the video is National Archives Supervisory Archivist Ed McCarter and photographer Rowland Scherman. In addition to the famous image of Ms. Lee-Payne, many other USIA photos from that day are shown.

 

The audio and video portions of this film featuring Rowland Scherman were recorded by Chris Szwedo and were used with his permission. Those portions of the film are copyrighted by Mr. Szwedo and are not in the public domain.

Inside the Vaults includes highlights from the National Archives in the Washington, DC, area and from the Presidential libraries and regional archives nationwide. These shorts present behind-the-scenes exclusives and offer surprising stories about the National Archives treasures. See more from Inside the Vaults at http://bit.ly/LzQNae.

 

 

 

 

I HAVE A DREAM MARTIN LUTHER KING August 28 1963

 

 

 

 

American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, lead a march down the center of a street in the 1960s.

American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, lead a march down the center of a street in the 1960s.

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Now….The March on Washington 50 Years Later: 2013

 

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Tens of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 March on Washington, listening as political and civil rights leaders reflected on the legacy of racial progress over the last half-century and urged Americans to press forward in pursuit of King’s dream of equality.

 

The event, which was sponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Martin Luther King III and the NAACP, featured a roster of speakers, including King, Sharpton, Attorney General Eric Holder, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. They spoke from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where 50 years ago this month King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

 

Many of the speakers addressed race relations in optimistic terms, describing America’s progress as encouraging but incomplete, but they also delved at times into more controversial fare like the Supreme Court’s recent decision overturning parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

 

After the speakers concluded, the rally was scheduled march east from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, which was dedicated in 2011, becoming the first memorial on the National Mall dedicated to an individual who wasn’t a former president. From there, the crowd was to proceed to the Washington Memorial before dispersing.

 

Despite the fanfare of Saturday’s rally, which packed the mall from the Lincoln Memorial back to the World War II Memorial, it was only a prelude. The actual anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington will occur on Wednesday, and it will be marked by another rally on the mall, including a speech from President Obama.

 

‘William Allison, 92, came to today’s march with the same sign he marched with in 1963′ (Washington Post)

‘William Allison, 92, came to today’s march with the same sign he marched with in 1963′ (Washington Post)

 

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Watch Rep. John Lewis Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW

 

Published on Aug 24, 2013

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) addressed the thousands of people that gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

“I got arrested 40 times during the 60s, beaten and left bloodied and unconscious,” he said. “But I’m not tired. I am ready to fight and continue to fight, and you must fight.”

 

 

 

 

Watch Attorney General Eric Holder Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW

 

Published on Aug 24, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the thousands of people that gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

 

 

 

Watch Nancy Pelosi Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW

 

Published on Aug 24, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed the thousands of people that gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

 

 

 

Watch Myrlie Evers-Williams Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW

 

Published on Aug 24, 2013

Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of civil rights organizer Medgar Evers, addressed the thousands of people that gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

 

 

 

Watch Mayor Cory Booker Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW

 

Published on Aug 24, 2013

Newark Mayor Cory Booker addressed the thousands of people that gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

 

 

 

MLK 50th Anniversary March On Washington MLK III Speech Very Similar To I Have A Dream

 

Published on Aug 24, 2013

MLK 50th Anniversary March On Washington MLK III Speech Very Similar To I Have A Dream. In 1963, people crowded the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and could get close to King to hear his speech. On Saturday, metal barriers kept people away from the reflecting pool.

 

Only a small group of attendees was allowed near the memorial. Everyone else has been pushed back and was watching and listening to the speeches on big-screen televisions. Police were stationed atop the Lincoln Memorial. There was a media area and VIP seating.

 

On the day of the anniversary, President Barack Obama will speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the same place King stood when he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Obama will be joined by former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Churches and groups have been asked to ring bells at 3 p.m. Wednesday, marking the exact time King spoke.

 

On Friday, a coalition of black leaders issued what they said is the 21st century agenda for the nation as it marks the watershed civil rights event that helped bring about the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The 1963 march drew some 250,000 to the National Mall and ushered in the idea of massive, nonviolent demonstrations.

 

The leaders named economic parity, equity in education, voting rights, health care access and criminal justice reform as national policy priorities.

 

National Urban League President Marc Morial said the agenda was “by no means a complete agenda” but one that can strengthen the unity among the coalition’s members and a way to go forward in a new civil rights movement.
Throughout the buildup to the anniversary march, leaders have been acknowledging and honoring civil rights progress spurred by the 1963 march. But they also have bemoaned what they see as an attack on that progress since King delivered his stirring speech.

 

They cite the Supreme Court ruling that effectively erased a key anti-discrimination provision of the Voting Rights Act; persistent unemployment among African-Americans, which is about double that of white Americans; and the shooting death of unarmed black teenage Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman.

 

Organizers of Saturday’s march hoped this year’s event would serve to inspire people again to educate themselves about issues they see as making up the modern civil rights struggle.
“It’s very difficult to stomach the fact that Trayvon wasn’t committing any crime. He was on his way home from the store,” Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, said Friday as she prepared to participate in the march. “Don’t wait until it’s at your front door. Don’t wait until something happens to your child. … This is the time to act now. This is the time to get involved.”

 

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Watch the Rev. Al Sharpton Speak at 50th Anniversary Celebration of MOW

 

Published on Aug 24, 2013

The Rev. Al Sharpton addressed the thousands of people that gathered on the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday will mark a half century since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on Aug. 28, 1963. A rally is planned on the National Mall for the anniversary, and President Obama is scheduled to speak on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

 

The Washington Monument is seen behind the Reflecting Pool, where a crowd of thousands gather at the Lincoln Memorial during the new March on Washington, in Washington D.C

The Washington Monument is seen behind the Reflecting Pool, where a crowd of thousands gather at the Lincoln Memorial during the new March on Washington, in Washington D.C

Tim William (R) sits with a friend at the Lincoln Memorial while attending the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Tim William (R) sits with a friend at the Lincoln Memorial while attending the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Simeon Wright, Emmett Till's cousin, speaks at the podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington with Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, center, Trayvon's brother Jahvaris Fulton, second from right and Trayvon's father Tracy Martin.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

Simeon Wright, Emmett Till’s cousin, speaks at the podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington with Sabrina Fulton, mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin, center, Trayvon’s brother Jahvaris Fulton, second from right and Trayvon’s father Tracy Martin. Carolyn Kaster, AP

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Claudia Hanes from Kentucky holds a placard during a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  Jose Luis Magana, AP

Claudia Hanes from Kentucky holds a placard during a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Jose Luis Magana, AP

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People hold signs and gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  Mark Wilson, Getty Images

People hold signs and gather to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson, Getty Images

 

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Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledges applause before speaking at a rally to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Carolyn Kaster, AP

The Reverend Jesse Jackson walks to the Lincoln Memorial as thousands of people line the reflecting pool near the Lincoln Memorial.  Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images

The Reverend Jesse Jackson walks to the Lincoln Memorial as thousands of people line the reflecting pool near the Lincoln Memorial. Paul J. Richards, AFP/Getty Images

A woman holds a flag depicting US President Barack Obama at the March on Washington rally, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.  Michael Reynolds, EPA

A woman holds a flag depicting US President Barack Obama at the March on Washington rally, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Michael Reynolds, EPA

Denise K. Smith, 58, of Bristol, Pa, arrives at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 'I have a Dream' speech on the National Mall in Washington, DC.  Pete Marovich, Getty Images

Denise K. Smith, 58, of Bristol, Pa, arrives at the National Mall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Pete Marovich, Getty Images

The phrase "I Have a Dream" is engraved in the stone where Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave his historic speech advocating racial equality during the March on Washington in 1963, as tourists walk up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 22.  Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images

The phrase “I Have a Dream” is engraved in the stone where Martin Luther King Jr. stood and gave his historic speech advocating racial equality during the March on Washington in 1963, as tourists walk up the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 22. Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images

A tourist points to the exact location where Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

A tourist points to the exact location where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Carolyn Kaster, AP

The Rev. Bobby Turner of Columbus, Ohio, places his hand on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  Carolyn Kaster, AP

The Rev. Bobby Turner of Columbus, Ohio, places his hand on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Carolyn Kaster, AP

People pose at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.  Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images

People pose at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images

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