Programs in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Published on Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 9:17am
The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom represents a pivotal event in the American Civil Rights Movement. By the 1960s, racial, social and economic unrest had reached a boiling point. As a result, a coalition of leaders from the "Big Six” and civil rights, labor and religious organizations planned a peaceful protest in Washington, D.C. in order to influence the federal government to end discrimination, provide the disadvantaged with opportunities for work, establish a $2.00-an-hour minimum wage and to grant self-government to the District of Columbia.
An estimate of more than 200,000 diverse people gathered on the National Mall, hearing one of the most profound orations in American history, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Has Dr. King’s vision of an integrated society -- his “Beloved Community" -- been realized? According to many social commentators, American has come a long way; however, many issues continue to plague the nation and have a disproportionate impact on poor and working class people.
Are you interested in an examination of the legacy of the March, a discussion of the relevance of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a talk highlighting the contributions of female activists, a lecture about the role of master strategist Bayard Rustin and the LGBT Community, and more including a photographic exhibition, stories of those who attended the March and musical concerts?
If so, join us beginning in late July through August for a series of exciting commemorative programs at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library and selected neighborhood libraries. You do not want to miss these programs designed to promote reading, personal growth and life-long learning.