A day before the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to kill a major provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a group of civil rights leaders announced the details of events around the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Jobs and Justice.
Martin Luther King, III, President of Realize the Dream and eldest son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., NAACP President Ben Jealous, Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network, Melanie Campbell, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Wade Henderson, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers and Laura Reyes of AFSCME.
“We already know the issues. We know the issues around immigration. We know the issues around voting, we know the issues around poverty and no jobs in this country; We know that in 1963 there were 22 million people living in poverty, roughly and today there are nearly 60 million – unacceptable in a nation with so much wealth and so many resources,” said King III, the oldest son of the late civil rights leader.
As reported by Hazel Trice Edney, some of the details of the week long march celebration announced this week were:
— August 22 and 23 will feature a series of town hall meetings and workshops focused on youth
— August 24, there will be the march on the Washington Mall
— August 25, 26, and 27, there will workshops focused on the next generation
— Aug. 28, there will be a prayer service at the King Memorial
— Aug. 28, A ‘call to action’ will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial