The march on Washington attracted over 250 thousand participants throughout the country. Amongst them were several who gathered in Annapolis Maryland.
On the 50th anniversary, just before President Obama spoke at the commemorative in D.C., many of the former freedom fighters, known as “Foot Soldiers”, stood prayerfully at Calvert and Clay Streets, Annapolis, to unveil a memorial plaque.
The corner stone of this memorial emanated from a small black church on Clay Street, First Baptist. Guests and foot soldiers were welcomed by former Annapolis Alderman, Carl O. Snowden. From there the procession walked some 200 yards to Whitmore Park, for recognition and prayers.
Greetings came from Maryland congressional leaders, and from Annapolis youthful mayor Joshua Cohen, who re-confirmed that “without your persistence on that August Day,..the election of our first African-American President” was doubtful.
George Phillips Sr. is now in a wheelchair, with an oxygen mask attached. He was a proud foot soldier, who was in “charge of post 1 at the Washington Monument” in 1963.
I was there, on August 28, 2013.