50th Anniversary Of March On Washington
(Washington, D.C.) Fifty years ago today, 250,000 Americans gathered on the mall of the Nation’s capital.
Organizers were pushing for more jobs and racial equality.
The march is credited with helping to bring the passage of the 1964 civil rights act and the 1965 voting rights act.
It’s also the event during which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”
Five decades later, many returned and others came for the first time to hear messages of hope, but also messages of action.
Tens of thousands of people, including Memphians and Mid-Southerners, were in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march on Washington.
Many say the dream of racial equality described by Dr. King 50 years ago has been fulfilled, adding that we must continue to push for change addressing economic injustice, gun violence and voting rights.