Tomorrow marks the 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington. The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom has been hailed as the beginning of the modern civil and human rights era. Over the past 5 decades, we have seen tremendous progress in the struggle for civil rights, workers’ rights, gender equality, and more. Yet, while we have seen tremendous progress, we face recent setbacks. New devious state laws deliberately limit voting by minorities and the poor. Women have yet to achieve equality and safety in the workplace. The Supreme Court has stripped the Voting Rights Act of a critical provision. We need to mobilize to cut high unemployment and to remedy limitations on workers right. Much work remains to be done!
You probably know that the 1963 March on Washington was the brainchild of Bayard Rustin, a pacifist and leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. But did you know that many ADA leaders were at the forefront of the March? ADA founders Walter Reuther, president of the United Auto Workers, and A. Philip Randolph, president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters were instrumental, along with former ADA president Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Other ADAer's including Joseph L. Rauh, Hilda and Charles Mason, Leon Shull, Marvin Rich and Rep.Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) were all heavily involved in the historic march where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. Now, it is time for us to dream again.
Join Martin Luther King III, Rev. Al Sharpton, and ADA members from across the country tomorrow, Saturday, August 24th as we carry forward the legacy and show support for the civil and human rights issues of our generation, including voting rights, immigration reform, labor rights, LGBTQ equality, disability rights, criminal justice, and other critical progressive issues.
The rally at the Lincoln Memorial begins at 8 AM, followed by a march to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
If you're coming from Delaware, ADA's Delaware Chapter has partnered with the local chapter of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists for free bus transport to Washington, D.C. Contact us if you are interested in a seat on the bus!
If you can't attend, consider making a contribution today to support ADA and to help us as we continue to work for social and economic justice.
We have achieved great progress, but there is much still at stake. Let’s march together to reclaim the dream!
The ADA Team
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