Las Vegas Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

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Come join us on Aug 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Statue and pavilion as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on the corner of MLK & Carey, North Las Vegas.

It is amazing that it has been 50 years since the historic march on our nation’s capitol by Mostly African Americans, whites and others seeking job opportunities and civil rights that all free people in America were promised by the constitution of the United States. In Dr. King’s speech he spoke of this as a check that had been stamped, “insufficient funds.” He said, “In a sense we have come to the nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the constitution and Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise to all men [that they] would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.

This was a promise unfulfilled then and dare we say, still unfulfilled today.
As much as things have changed and progress that has been made, much has still remains the same. This is illustrated by the list of demands then that could basically be the same list today:

1. Comprehensive and effective civil rights legislation from the present Congress – without compromise or filibuster – to guarantee all Americans:
Access to all public accommodations
Decent housing
Adequate and integrated education
The right to vote

2.Withholding of Federal funds from all programs in which discrimination exists.

3. Desegregation of all school districts in 1963.

4. Enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment – reducing Congressional representation of states where citizens are disfranchised.

5. A new Executive Order banning discrimination in all housing supported by federal funds.

6. Authority for the Attorney General to institute injunctive suits when any Constitutional right is violated.

7. A massive federal program to train and place all unemployed workers – Negro and white – on meaningful and dignified jobs at decent wages.

8. A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living. (Government surveys show that anything less than $2.00 an hour fails to do this.)
[The minimum wage at the time of the march is $1.15/hour.]

9. A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to include all areas of employment which are presently excluded.

10. A federal Fair Employment Practices Act barring discrimination by federal, state, and municipal governments, and by employers, contractors, employment agencies, and trade unions.

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom or “The Great March on Washington,” as styled in a sound recording released after the event, was one of the largest political rallies for human rights in United States history and called for civil and economic rights for African Americans. It took place in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, August 28, 1963. Martin Luther King, Jr., standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech advocating racial harmony during the march.

The march was organized by a group of civil rights, labor, and religious organizations, under the theme “jobs, and freedom.” Estimates of the number of participants varied from 200,000 to 300,000. Observers estimated that 75–80% of the marchers were black and the rest were white and non-black minorities.

The march is widely credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act (1964) and the Voting Rights Act (1965).

To read more about the march, click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/March_on_Washington_for_Jobs_and_Freedom

This event is hosted by the Las Vegas Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee, Our Own Voices and KCEP Power 88.
We want this to be a show of unity in the community. More names will be added as our list of collaborators grows.

For more information including advertising information for the souvenir journal and 4th anniversary issue of the print magazine, Our Own Voices:

Rodney Smith
(702) 430-6685
rodney@ourownvoices.com

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