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March on Washington Organizers Look Back


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: march on washington, 50 Years, looking back, race, politics, obama, US, society )

Cal
- 614 days ago - latimes.com
Recollections of some of those who helped make the massive March on Washington happen 50 years ago.



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pam w. (139)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 4:09 pm
"Her stage pass has been displayed at the Mississippi State Archives but is being returned to her. "It is the one memento I have that I want to pass on to my son and grandson," she said."

++++++++++++ But, it's been displayed....people recognize the importance of what happened and, even though there may still be those who resent it...equality of civil rights is far closer to reality than anyone might have predicted back then.
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (292)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 4:52 pm
They a are all great people
 

A F. (130)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 1:00 am
Thank you!
 

Frances Darcy (219)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:04 am
Watched 2 tv programs last night on the Civil Rights and on the shooting of Martin Luther King. I
 

Franck R. (53)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 3:37 am
Thank you
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 4:49 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Kim Ireland (23)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 5:01 am
The sad thing is that the hatred is rising again - segregation (no coloured people in a white suburb) Coloured family denied access to a restaurant because another customer felt intimidated by the group - how many other instances still occur - I'm glad such a wonderful man is not alive today to see nothing has ever really changed
 

Jennifer C. (168)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 6:18 am
Thanks.
 

. (0)
Thursday August 29, 2013, 7:06 am
Great article, Cal. Thanks for sharing.
 

Rosemary Rannes (646)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:34 pm
Keep MLK's 'Dream' alive by being courageous enough to stand up and speak out whenever wherever racial profiling occurs... and it has, does and continues today. RIP Trayvon and all the innocent victims.
I take exception to Kim's comment in the sense that there has been progress and much has changed. However, we still have a long way to go. And I do wish that MLK was alive today to inspire us now, as he did then, for so many millions across this nation and around the world.
 

Rosemary Rannes (646)
Friday August 30, 2013, 11:38 pm
Jones, who with Stuart Connelly wrote the book "Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation," noted that King had spoken about his dream earlier, but those speeches had drawn scant attention. This speech, however, was carried live on television, and King, perhaps inspired by the huge audience in Washington and across the country, rose to the occasion.

"I had heard and seen Martin King speak many times before," Jones said. "Never ever had I heard him speak like that. Nor did I ever hear him speak like that ever again."

Jones, 82, is a visiting professor and diversity scholar at the University of San Francisco and a scholar at Stanford University's Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute.

He plans to be in Washington for the 50th anniversary.

Reflecting on the speech 50 years later, Jones said, "When I hear people say, 'Well, you know, much of the dream hasn't been realized' that's true. There are cracks in the dream. But I have to remind people there are no signs anywhere in this country that say, 'Drinking fountains for colored only' or 'whites only.'"

 
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