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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. 

A drawing of MLK's hands at the march on washington

• 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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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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4 Comments Have Been Posted

error in the caption of the photo

A score is twenty years and the speech only happened 50 years ago, not 100. An accurate caption would be either five decades or two score and ten.

The "five score" refers to

The "five score" refers to the start of MLK"s speech, which opens with a reference to Lincoln (100 years before).

It's from the animated speech!

In case it wasn't clear, that image is from the Freedom's Ring animated recreation of the "I Have a Dream" speech linked in the first bullet point. It's a direct quote from the speech.

Chanting for Rape Culture at St. Mary's University

Captured on Instagram, frosh activities at Canada's St. Mary's University include a chant with lyrics like "N is for no consent" "G is for gonna grab some ass".
I am floored that admi has only suggested "sensitivity training" as repercussion - what about all students who have come before and potential victims of this atmosphere?


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