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March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

It's Time to Stop Whitewashing Civil Rights History

Algernon Austin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

Civil Rights history makes the movement into a fairytale: Once upon a time there was racism; Martin Luther King Jr. marched into town; and we all lived happily ever after. The End. Nearly every Civil Rights movie follows this basic script. It would be nice if this history were true, but just about all of it is false.

Dr. King, Full Employment, and Some Provocative Wage Trends

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

There's a ton of interesting analysis out in recent days on the quite explicit though often under-appreciated economic thrust of the March on Washington that took place half-a-century ago today. Economist Joseph Stiglitz and others note the lack of black progress on many key variables: income, poverty, wealth, employment. Richard Reeves adds an important and trenchant analysis of the black mobility gap. I agree with these facts, but want to add an additional, simple point which is in danger of getting overlooked: the evidence shows the Dr. King was right. Full employment is a substantial part of what it will take to achieve economic justice.

How The March On Washington's Demands Stack Up 50 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business

Fifty years ago today, when more than 200,000 protesters took to Washington to demand racial equality, they came with specific policy ideas too, many ...

Democrats Have Failed... But Opportunity For Redemption Awaits

Gary Reber | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Gary Reber

As a lifelong advocate for economic justice, who in 1974 ran for Congress on a platform for economic justice, it saddens me to see the United States o...

Marching on Washington: 1963 and 2013

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics
Sanford Jay Rosen

President Obama, as you consider how actively to pursue your progressive agenda, remember that the 1963 March on Washington took place despite initial trepidation by President Kennedy and others.

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

From New York To D.C.: One Man Remembers Marching To Washington | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Black Voices

A long walk to freedom may be the name of Nelson Mandela's epic journey to a more racially unified country, but the title is equally fitting for the 1...

Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson

1963 vs. 2013: How Has Black Life Changed Since The March On Washington? (INFOGRAPHIC) | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 11.11.2013 | Black Voices

With Jim Crow segregation, voting discrimination and rampant joblessness not yet in rear view, 1963 was a tough time to be black in America. In Ja...

50 Years Later: Whither The Moral Arc Of The Universe?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The anniversary of the March on Washington comes at a time when it is hard to feel that the universe is continuing to bend towards justice -- especially for African Americans.

The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Summons a Painful History

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.

Ashley Balcerzak

March On Washington 50th Anniversary Events | Ashley Balcerzak | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

On August 28, 2013, it will have been 50 years since Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 people in the March on Washington for Jobs ...

Obama Awards Bayard Rustin -- the Man Behind the March -- the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Peter Dreier | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Honoring Rustin with the Medal of Freedom tells us something about how far America has come as a nation in the past 50 years. After all, he had four strikes against him. He was a pacifist, a radical, black and gay. Controversy surrounded him all his life.