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50th Anniversary March on Washington on Saturday, August 24

Just a quick reminder that the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington – where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his I Have a Dream speech and changed the world – will be celebrated with a march and rally on Saturday, August 24 in Washington, DC. Several Avalon clients are commemorating and joining the March on that day:


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rightswebsite includes details on how to record your memories and photos of the 1963 march, a sign-up page to meet up and march/rally with (or join) the Leadership Conference staff, coalition members, and other allied organizations on August 24, as well as information on commemorative marches to be held around the country that day.


• The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will also be out in force on August 24. As Darlene Nipper, Task Force Deputy Executive Director put it, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were in the crowd 50 years ago, including the lead organizer of the march, Bayard Rustin. And five decades later, we are extremely honored to be part of this historic march where we will continue, in unity with the larger civil rights community, the long process of renewing, repairing and restoring the vision of full equality for all.” Go to the Task Force’s website for more information and to meet up with the Task Force group before the march.


• On August 28, the National Constitution Center will hold a celebration for the 50th anniversary at its headquarters, with local actors reading the I Have a Dream speech, followed by a concert and a variety of interactive programs and workshops, free with general admission to the museum. For more information, check out NCC’s website.