Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: An Event to Remember

I've posted Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at the March on Washington a few times, most recently last week. But I think the excerpt which I post today highlights the both the breadth of the benefits of a more just society and what the justice movement has accomplished and is yet to accomplish. True reflection on the march and the speech cannot seek to turn King into some iconic cultural plush toy that comforts some people by appealing to a day in which we all become 'color blind'. King was a challenging, agitational figure

And he must remain so today...for all of us. 

"The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

"We cannot walk alone.

"And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.

"There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.""

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