On Saturday, August 24, 2013 the March on Washington took place in the nation’s Capitol Washington D.C. On August 28, 1963, Reverend Dr. March Luther king, Jr. delivered his ‘ I Had A Dream Speech,’ on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Thousands were there then and thousands were there on Saturday.
Reverend Al Sharpton was the keynote speaker of the celebration. Al Sharpton energized the crowd of thousands with his speech and reflection of where we are and where we need to be. On this day the crowds heard from Martin Luther King, III and other leaders in support of the struggle and freedom. The March proceeded from the Lincoln Memorial passed the Kings Memorial to the Washington Monument. With bands and participants walking arm in arm. This was truly a parade for change and equality.
The day was filled with speeches, music, and fellowship. Races of all cultures holding hands and walking together. The celebration also showed and highlighted many leaders who have accepted the baton passed on by the late great Martin Luther king, Jr and other civil rights leaders throughout the nation. The most arousing of the crowd came from Rev. Al Sharpton and Atlanta’s icon, Rev. Joseph Lowery, who shouted ‘We came to commemorate and we go back home to agitate.’ His message was received with cheers and applause.
For many young people the civil rights movement is a milestone in American history. Young people are encouraged to become civil rights leaders. ‘Commemorate and go home to agitate,’ as Reverend Joseph Lowery of Atlanta stated in his address on Saturday. The civil rights movement started July 26, 1948. The movement continues even now in the 21st century. http://www.infoplease.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html.
The actual anniversary day is Wednesday, August 28, 2013, President Obama is schedule to speak along with other dignitaries in attendance. Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta and members of the King family will be in attendance at the ceremony in Washington D.C. The March on Washington is encouraging everyone to lead and advocate for nonviolence for equality and change in America. If you fight for injustice anywhere, you are a civil rights leader for the people. We can all be a civil rights leader in our own skin and community. God bless America.
‘The dream was not to put one black family in the White House, the dream was to make everything equal in everybody’s house.’ -Al Sharpton