On Saturday, August 24, 2013, tens of thousands of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Crowds gathered in the same fashion as they did in 1963 to hear Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. The day featured speakers who serve as civil rights leaders today: Attorney General Eric Holder, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis, who was the youngest speaker at the original event in the early 60’s.

While women like Rosa Parks and Dorothy Height marched with Dr. King and other civil leaders, women played an even larger role in this year’s celebration than they may have in 1963. Myrlie Evers-Williams took the podium to give a new definition to ‘Stand Your Ground,’ the law which freed George Zimmerman in the tragic Trayvon Martin case.

Issues addressed at this year’s march included the Supreme Court’s ruling of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a ruling which allows nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without federal approval. The states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia will not have to receive clearance from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington before they make changes to voting procedures, like moving a polling place, or redrawing electoral districts. President Obama has said publicly that he was “deeply disappointed” by the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Another hot topic was the Trayvon Martin case verdict. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke briefly at the march. She has released the single “Joy In the Morning” in honor of her son’s memory and senseless killing.

The march, which was sponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, Martin Luther King III and the NAACP, continued on to Dr. King’s historic statute and the Washington Memorial.

The well-attended march is the first major event leading up to an anticipated day when the first black president will speak on a landmark day in history.

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5 thoughts on “Little Known Black History Fact: The New March on Washington

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  2. Rayar Johnson on said:

    50 years MLK Day celebration: KKK Threat saddens my heart. They’re marching I’m still dealing with racism, unfair education system and violations of injustices. 50 years later, there is less of an” innocent until proven guilty system.” There is less interest in remedy injustices and equal rights. There is almost no interest in discovering the truth. People that can provide legal help, don’t have time unless you have the money. By the time a poor person can save the money, the statue time of limitations is up. This plan works out perfect for the persons and corporations in the wrong. However, it keeps the oppressed depressed for they have waited so long for nothing.
    Their justice fighting went from days to years without seeing JUSTICE come to light. The court will not hear the long kept evidence. So, while we cry for help, they flip the calendar of no justice.

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  3. tyrone on said:

    OBAMA NOT FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT: According to the great historian J.A. Rogers, the FIRST Black President was Warren G. Harding [1921-1923].

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