Wednesday’s commemoration in Washington, D.C. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which featured Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech. Like the march 50 years ago, today’s assembly was about not only celebrating 50 years of accomplishments, but what identifying what remains to be achieved.
Speeches from Oprah Winfrey , Caroline Kennedy, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, Reverend Al Sharpton, President Lyndon Johnson’s daughter Lynda Johnson Robb, Martin Luther King Jr.’s sister Christine King Farris, civil rights leaders Reverend Joseph Lowery and Julian Bond, along with many other environmental, labor, and LGBT activists all took the opportunity to speak to many issues that we face today: among them immigration, LGBT rights, the Voting Rights Act, women’s rights, jobs and economic growth, stop-and-frisk, homelessness, health care reform, gun reform, and fair wages.
President Obama’s remarks were certainly a highlight of the afternoon, but the entire day was filled with moving speeches from a multitude of influential leaders. Here are seven highlights from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
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