Teaching about the March on Washington presents a series of challenges precisely because it involves counteracting sanitized textbooks and demythologizing not only the march, but also the Black Freedom Struggle. As such, there are a few points that cannot be overlooked if we want to honor the march's true story.
Next week, it will be 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave the "I Have a Dream" speech. He railed then against "the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination." Yet he could not have imagined that Jim Crow would soon be replaced with another oppressive system: mass incarceration.