This month marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In 1963, the March on Washington was the largest mass protest in American history when and women and men, young and old from all different backgrounds came together to express their hopes for freedom, justice and change.
The work that began 50 years ago continues today in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this June to gut the Voting Rights Act by removing one of its key enforcement mechanisms. The Court’s decision erased fundamental protections against racial discrimination in voting that have worked to protect our democracy for over 40 years.
The League is proud to be a partner of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1963 March on Washington, for which Americans from across the country will unite in support of voting rights work to protect our democracy. The event will begin at 8 AM at the Lincoln Memorial with ecumenical services, speakers and entertainment. The program will conclude at 1:00 PM with a march from the Lincoln Memorial down Independence Ave to the Washington Memorial.
Be sure to register for updates on the March and related activities.
50th Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013 8 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: The Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, Washington, DC
**Participants should enter the mall from 17th St NW between Constitution and Independence Avenues at the World War II Memorial.**
Take Metro to the March: The best way to get to the March from within Washington D.C. is to take the Washington Metro system. Check Wmata.com for information on fare prices and stations accessible to the March area. ADA accessible shuttles will be available from the Foggy Bottom Metro Station.
Transportation to DC: Buses from around the country will be coming to Washington DC to celebrate this historic event. If you are interested in attending from afar, please check out the bus information page from the National Action Network or call (877) 626-4651.
Volunteer Opportunities: A large group of dedicated volunteers who are willing to help out is needed for this historic event. If you are interested in learning more please contact Matthew Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Media: Use the hash tag #Action4theDream when sharing pictures and information about the March on Twitter or Facebook. You can also follow this hash tag for updates on the day of the event if you are unable to attend.
Questions? If you have questions about this event please contact Jessica Jones at email@example.com.