60th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

By Urban League of Westchester Published Aug 5, 2023

Sixty years ago, a quarter-million Americans converged on the nation's capital for the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Organized by six Black-led civil rights organizations, it became an iconic event that resonates today as a powerful symbol of unity and the ongoing struggle for equality.

As the 60th-anniversary observance approaches on Saturday, August 26, a broad coalition of civil rights and social justice organizations stands at the forefront. Led by principal organizers like the National Action Network and the Drum Major Institute, with support from various co-chairs and community groups, this commemoration underscores the importance of multi-racial unity in advancing justice.

Yet, amidst this celebration, a wave of extremism threatens our nation's values, infiltrating statehouses, schools, and political institutions. Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis stands as a prime example, implementing policies that censor education, suppress voting rights, restrict reproductive health choices, and undermine workers' rights.

However, the response remains resolute: unity. This year's theme, "Not A Commemoration, A Continuation," reiterates the enduring pursuit of justice. The aspirations that brought a quarter-million people together in 1963 persist, demanding ongoing dedication to the fight for equality.

This commemoration isn't merely a reflection on history; it's a call to action. Together, across all demographics, we carry forward the vision of a society where equality reigns. Inspired by the legacy of past activists and leaders, including Martin Luther King, Jr., we envision a future where justice prevails—a society that champions fairness, inclusivity, and opportunity for all.

The 60th anniversary of the March on Washington serves as a reminder that the struggle for justice endures. It's a living movement that requires our continued commitment. Together, united by our shared values, we move forward, resolute in our pursuit of a better, more equitable tomorrow.