Sunday, January 5, 2014

LATE NEWS! 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Good morning followers! My footage from this event was misplaced and has just been recovered. I know this is VERY late but here is some early morning late news! 

On August 28th, 2013, we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. This is a huge event in not just Black history but in American history. Citizens from across the country came to the nations capital to recognize and celebrate this historic march that happen 50 years ago on August 28th, 1963. This event was a groundbreaking nationally recognized moment that changed this country.  




          Barack Obama marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech on that Wednesday with a powerful declaration that economic inequality has left the dream unfulfilled for many Americans. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, where King delivered his resounding address in 1963 at a pivotal time in the battle for racial equality in the US, the president said the civil rights leader's words "belong to the ages, possessing a power and prophecy unmatched in our time".

         The president's speech ranged across gay equality, women's rights and immigration reform, but focused on what he called the continuing "shadow of poverty" – the aspect of King's dream that was furthest from being realized. "For the men and women who gathered 50 years ago were not there in search of some abstract ideal," he said. "They were there seeking jobs as well as justice. Not just the absence of oppression but the presence of economic opportunity."
Obama did not dwell overly long on King, choosing also to pay tribute to the thousands of demonstrated in the March on Washington five decades ago. Their achievements had benefited not just African Americans, but all minorities, he said.
 Other distinguished activist gave speeches including, Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton. 

          Obama has often said King is one of his heroes, and he keeps a framed programme from the 1963 march in the Oval Office. I honor both Martin Luther King, President Barack Obama and all the courageous people who marched in 1963 and in 2013. It was an honor to do press at this distinguished event and I am prod to call myself and African American. 



Footage can be found at Psikey.net , Pepsi.com, and soon themonaegroup.com 

Additional information from marchonwashington.com  and theguardian.com . My pictured co-host for the  event were Steve Garret and  Mike Seasay. 

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