Saturday, August 24 (THIS Saturday)
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Commemorative March and Rally
Gathering at Terry Shrunk Plaza at 10:00 a.m. for a rally and march.
Speakers and music at South Waterfront Park at 1:00 p.m.
From the press release:
"The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in Washington, D.C., on August 8, 1963. Attended by some 240,000 people, it was the largest demonstration ever seen in the Nation's capitol and one of the first to have extensive television coverage.
"1963 was noted for racial unrest and civil rights demonstrations. Nationwide, outrage was sparked by media coverage of police actions in Birmingham, Alabama, where attack dogs and fire hoses were turned against protestors, many of whom were in their early teens or younger. Martin Luther King, Jr., was arrested and jailed during these protests, writing his famous "Letter from a Birmingham City Jail," which advocates civil disobedience against unjust laws. Dozens of additional demonstrations took place across the country, from California to New York, culminating in the March on Washington. President Kennedy backed a Civil Rights Act, which was stalled in Congress by the summer.
"Fifty years later, the issues of jobs, justice and equality for African Americans have not been realized. With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling gutting Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act and the acquittal of the neighborhood volunteer in the death of an unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, we know there is still a lot of work to be done."
The purpose of this event is to:
(1) commemorate and honor the Freedom Fighters and Civil Rights organizations that made it all happen;
(2) educate, mobilize and organize people to become active participants in contemporary civil rights issues;
(3) call for restoration of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act;
(4) launch a year-long celebration of Civil Rights history.
Contact: Rev. Dr. Leroy Waynes (503) 287-0261
Rev. Dr. T. Allen Bethel (503) 288-7241