CHICAGO, IL – The HBCU Campaign Fund organization celebrates today which marks the 53rd anniversary of one of the largest political rallies for human rights demanding civil and economic rights for African-Americans in the United States, the March on Washington which took placed on August 28, 1963.
The march was organized by A. Phillip Randolph and Bayard Rustin, who built an alliance of civil rights, labor and religious organizations that came together under the banner of “jobs and freedom.”
Today the march was an important part of the rapidly expanding Civil Rights Movement, which involved demonstrations and nonviolent direct action across the United States. 1963 also marked the hundredth anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln.
A. Phillip Randolph, who was the president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, President of the Negro American Labor Council, and vice-president of the AFL-CIO. Bayard Rustin was a leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, nonviolence, and gay rights.
“HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF) organization take a pause to stand to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom because not only it was a historical event , but it symbolize for African-American social living in the United States of America” said Demetrius Johnson Jr., President of HCF. “This day brought together members of all sorts of organizations, to unite as one to state that African-Americans are people as well who deserve the same equal rights as other races. It also marks the day that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.”
Thousands travel by road, rail, and air to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28. The march estimate number of participants of 250,000 people.
The program included leaders Rev. Patrick O’Boyle, A. Philip Randolp, Dr. Eugene Carson Blake, Mrs. Medgar Evans, John Lewis, Walter Reuther, James Farmer, Whitney Young Jr., Mathew Ahmann, Roy Wilkins, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., former Morehouse President Dr. Bejamin E. Mays.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., delivered his American dream, “But on hundred year later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come her today to dramatize a shameful condition.”
Dr. King ends the speech with saying, “We will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro Spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
“As we live in today with senseless violence that continues to roll in the black communities among one another, we must inherent the events that was taken place and persons who lost their lives for African-Americans NO matter how long ago it took place to be more appreciative today to even be able to walk down the street and claim as a so-called “gang member”. said Demetrius Johnson Jr.”There was a time you could not even walk down the street freely. African-Americans lost lives in protests, marches and other events that was organized to fight for African-Americans to even live properly in the United States today.”
We must not forget employment discrimination, economic inequality, police brutality, voter suppression, and segregated schooling. Laws that keep African-Americans away from the voting polls. segregated schooling lead to the creation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Do we continue commit to Dr. King’s dream of unity?
The years following included the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Selma Voting Rights Movement. The first march took place on March 8, 1965, and lead to an even which become know as Bloody Sunday. On March 15, 1965, President Johnson presented a bill to a join session of Congress. The bill was passed on August 6, 1965, and signed by Johnson as the Voting Rights Act.