The 50th Anniversary of the March to Washington
Sunday, August 25, 2013 • 12:18am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today was the 50th anniversary of the march to Washington, and as tens of thousands of people unloaded buses, metro stations and marching down Pennsylvania Avenue, all I could do is smile.
Reminiscing on the many stories my grandmother used to tell me about the day that she got to hear Dr. King’s "I have a dream" speech, and now 50 years later being a part of that same movement, allowed me to have my own since of joy and pride of a march that took place before my birth.
When asking Plainfield’s own Jessica Lughas, a sophomore accounting major at Howard University her thoughts/feeling of the 50th anniversary of the march on Washington, she replied, “People who do not face racial injustices are less likely to fight for their history than someone who has experienced it. I can say for myself I’m not fighting as hard as I should be but that is all about to change.”
There were speeches from Rev. Al Sharpton, Congressmen John Lewis, New Jersey Senatorial candidate Cory Booker and many others discussing topics such as women's rights, marriage equality, voters rights, racial profiling and, most importantly, unity. Martin Luther King Jr. III spoke powerful words on his father’s speech: “Far too frequently the color of one’s skin remains a license to profile, to arrest and to even murder with no regard of the content of one’s character.”
Watching blacks, whites, Asians, Latinos, gays/lesbians, men and women all join together singing the phrase “No Justice, No Peace,” showed the progress of the dream and the duty we all have to one and other being a part of this big melting pot we call America. Hearing from a woman by the name of Mama T., who was here during the inaugural march to Washington, added a new connation to todays march. “I know what my goal is now… if I can do a better job of teaching young people about what we went through… we have not done the job that we should have done, that’s why yall don’t know the struggle.”
I stress that we all try to aim to reach this crucial goal we call freedom and try to live by the words of Dr. King; “when we allow freedom to ring- when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up the day when all of God’s children …. Will be able to join hands and sing the words of the old Negro spiritual, free at last, free at last, great god almighty we are free at last!
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