ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI ( KPLR)-Fifty years have passed since 250,000 people peacefully filled the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and heard the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his transforming "I Have a Dream" speech. That outpouring spurred passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Civil rights, labor, faith-based and community groups are mobilizing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant moments in U.S. history-the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This year's march will take place Aug. 24 and be preceded and followed by a week of activities and events.
The Broadnax family from Bellefontaine Neighbors , Missouri along with thousands of people across America and throughout the world will head to the nations capitol to pause to mark the 50th anniversary of the 'I Have a Dream' speech with 'Let Freedom Ring' bell-ringing events and programs that affirm the unity of people of all races, religions and nations. The Broadnax family is putting a bus trip together for anyone who would like to join them.
The 50th Anniversary March on Washington will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall. Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, leaders from civil rights, organized labor, housing, media, education and politics will once again convene in the nation’s capital
Joined by an alliance of prominent advocates of labor, health, housing, education, media, and civil and human rights, the purpose of the march is not just to celebrate the historic 1963 March on Washington, but to galvanize the American people around the compelling issues of today including women's issues, immigration, workers' rights, LGBT equality, among others. Congressman John Lewis, the only one of the six leaders of the March on Washington of 1963 that is still alive has agreed to stand with Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III and thousands of others at the historic event.
Among the speakers and groups joining with Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network, and Martin Luther King, III are: the families of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till; Congressman John Lewis; Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader; Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer; Randi Weingarten- President, American Federation of Teachers (AFT); Lee Saunders- President, AFSCME; Janet Murguia- President, The National Council of LaRAZA; Mary Kay Henry- International President, Service Employers International Union (SEIU); Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association (NEA); and many others.
Organizers are expecting at least two hundred thousand people will rally with us in DC and hundreds of thousands more will rally through social media to take a stand. Like the 250,000 people who converged on Washington, D.C fifty years ago, this gathering will be multi-racial and intergenerational.
The 50th Anniversary Coalition for the March on Washington include the following organizations that convened in 1963: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); the National Urban League (NUL); and the A. Phillip Randolph Institute (APRI), plus the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). In addition this new coalition includes: The King Center, the National Action Network, the Children's Defense Fund, the National Council of Churches, the National Park Service and more than 20 other human rights and social change organizations are actively involved in this mobilization movement.
For more details on how you can join the group from Missouri heading to Washington DC contact Leslie Broadnax for more details 314 556-3747 - 314 412 1027