On August 28, 1963, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream Speech” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Organized by a coalition of civil rights activist, labor, and religious organizations, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was attended by about 250,000 supporters. In addition to a means to demonstrate support for civil rights legislation proposed by then President John F. Kennedy, the historic march was utilized to demand equal access to public accommodations, a law against racial discrimination in the workplace, and an end to disenfranchisement.
Please join Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber and Members of the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) as they commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C. for Jobs and Freedom. Assemblymember Weber and the CLBC will host two events which will focus on how “The Great March on Washington” served as a catalyst for the passage of landmark reforms such as the voting and civil rights acts. The events will also explore topics relating to equal opportunity as well as further explore the circumstances surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death and examine George Zimmerman’s murder trial and not-guilty verdict.
Wednesday August 28, 2013
California State Capitol, Room 126
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
March on Sacramento (Rally)
Wednesday August, 28, 2013
California State Capitol, North Steps
12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend an informational session where researchers will present historical and contemporary data detailing progress, impediments, and opportunities moving forward. There will also be a rally held on the North Steps of the Capitol, which will feature speeches from policymakers and political leaders reflecting on history and preparing for the future.
For more information or to volunteer please contact Marcus.McKinney@asm.ca.gov; Principal Consultant; Office of Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber at 916-319-2079.