This Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Saturday 8/24/2013 8:00AM Rally at the Lincoln Memorial begins at 8:00 AM followed by the march to the King Memorial. The NAACP is organising the 50th Anniversary Rally and invites those who cannot make it to the Mall in Washington DC to join a virtual march to show their support.

Join us as we galvanize the American people to take action and realize the dream.

On August 28th, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people from every corner of our country united and rallied with a shared message of civil liberty, civil rights, and economic freedom and opportunity for all. RSVP to take part in the 50th anniversary march in Washington D.C., or at home.

black and white photo: an older man of colour stands before the Lincoln Memorial statue.

In 1963, A. Philip Randolph, was one of the leaders of the march. The civil rights titan, organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters–the first predominately black labor union. | Image via NAACP on tumblr/facebook

h/t fuckyeahfeminists

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7 comments for “This Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

  1. Willemina
    August 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Cool choice of picture! I remember seeing an exhibit at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay WI focused on the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters that was quite good.

    • August 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      It’s the NAACP’s choice of picture from their tumblr and facebook posts on this (which I really must add as an Image Source credit, and should have done before hitting the publish button). It’s a very powerful image, which is why the whole post caught my eye in my tumblr dashboard.

    • Echo Zen
      August 21, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      It’s worth pointing out this wasn’t just a “March on Washington”, but rather a “March to Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. Common as it is, neglecting those last four words is why extremist pundits have twisted and neutered MLK’s ideas to suggest all he wanted was a colour-blind society, rather than a society that fed the poor and healed the sick.

      • August 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

        Thanks, Echo Zen. Adding to the title now.

      • Echo Zen
        August 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm


  2. Kerandria
    August 24, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Thanks for posting this. I am ‘virtually’ attending!

  3. August 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I am also ‘virtually’ attending! Thank you so much for this tribute to the struggle for civil rights and racial harmony.

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