Were you there at the great March on Washington on August 28, 1963? AARLCC wants to know…
Submitted by Steve Vinik
The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) is looking for people who participated in the historic “March on Washington” on Aug. 28, 1963 to join us in a dynamic panel discussion to be scheduled in February 2013 for Black History Month.
Next year is the 50th Anniversary of the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” This was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in U.S. history and it called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. Between 200,000 and 300,000 persons attended the march which began at the Washington Monument and ended at the Lincoln Memorial with a program of music and speakers.
This was the venue where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. This powerful yet peaceful march was credited with helping pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Were you one of the marchers? Or were you “virtually there”—glued to your television set, your transistor radio stuck to your ear, and devouring the newspapers? Are you a scholar or teacher of civil rights history? The AARLCC entreat you to join our panel discussion to be held in February 2013 at this library to commemorate the march. The library would be thrilled to have some participation by people who were actually there in that time and place, as well as people who were so caught up in the news of that event that they have vivid recollections they would be proud to share. There are many younger members of this community who have no idea of the sacrifices that were made or the courage and faith that was needed in those tumultuous times.
Please contact Pearl Wool-ridge at (954) 357-6207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
The AARLCC is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, phone (954) 357-6282.
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