Fifty years after the historic March on Washington, the struggle for justice continues.
August 1, 2013
THE 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is one of the most famous moments of the 20th century. Every schoolchild learns about Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The image of the crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial, packed into every available space around the Reflecting Pool, is instantly recognizable.
But this high point in the struggle for justice is almost always treated as a matter of history–a powerful, important, inspiring event, yes, but one that belongs to the past. After all, we’re told, King and the civil rights marchers were challenging a system of legalized segregation where Blacks had to sit at the back of the bus–whereas in the United States of the 21st…
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