Celebrating the March on Washington
Yesterday marked a grand anniversary, 50 years since the March on Washington. This has truly been an inspiring week- both for those who experienced the March and for those, like myself, who did not. Hearing people retell the stories of the March’s organizers, the Big Six, and dwelling on the legislative progress from that mighty display of organizing and civil disobedience has given me new perspective. On NPR, one comment I especially appreciated was from a participant in the March. This participant said the most memorable aspect of the day was not seeing the people fill the Capital City or even Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech. Instead they shared it was the “Utopian” feel of the crowd. People of all backgrounds gathered together- uniting regardless of racial and economic backgrounds- to stand for justice. This comment truly touched my spirit and made me realize the Civil Right movement’s greatness is not only defined by the progress we see today but also by the vision of a greater community in America- a community that strives together, sweats together, and walks together for the good of all.
As we commemorate this great event, you can access a transcript of the President’s speech at this link.
Written by Whitney Monn, graduate of Eastern University’s BA in Urban Studies and Program Recruiter for Eastern University’s MA in Urban Studies.