Today is not just any Wednesday—it’s the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. All of today’s links are about the impact of the speech and the civil rights issues we still face today.
• Read and listen to the speech that was a turning point in American civil rights. Here’s the full text—not just the soundbites—and an amazing animated rendition of the speech. [Ebony, Freedom’s Ring]
• Meet Bayard Rustin, the black, gay pacifist who was a main organizer of the march but who was kept behind the scenes thanks to homophobia among both his allies and enemies. [Mother Jones]
• Only two women were invited to speak at the original march—and one of them wasn’t able to make it. Now, civil rights advocate Myrlie Evers-Williams finally gets her due. [MSNBC]
• What problems still limit equality in our country? This piece sums it up: “It’s about systematically cutting off certain groups of people from the right to vote, to earn a living wage, to make choices about their own bodies, to recognize and provide for their families.” [Advocate]
• The name of the original march was actually the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” We’ve made progress promoting civil rights, but many of the march’s original goals for creating economic equality have been forgotten. [PolicyMic]
• Speakers who gathered in Detroit over the weekend to commemorate the speech noted that MLK would have fought Obama’s rampant deportations. [Detroit Free Press]
• Think about the immense amount of work it will take to write a Voting Rights Act amendment into the Constitution. [Colorlines]
• This quote from the youngest speaker at the original march, John Lewis, is still way too true today: “Where is the political party that would make it unnecessary to march on Washington?” [NPR]
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