March laid foundation for progress

Published 9:21 am Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Our nation’s civil rights movement did not begin or end 50 years ago today, but it certainly took an important step in the right direction with what is now called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The historic event on Aug. 28, 1963, attracted between 200,000 and 300,000 people and became a cornerstone in the push for equal rights. Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech is considered the most memorable, many others there also spoke passionately and eloquently about the need for equality.

From a historical standpoint, this event certainly should not be overlooked in terms of importance to our country. It was instrumental in getting two pieces of key legislation passed in subsequent years.

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All those who attended the march had their own reasons and motivations. The overall goal was to fight for a level playing field for all Americans when it comes to jobs and quality of life.

Sadly, five decades later, we are still fighting this battle.

However, progress has been made and our nation is closer to realizing this dream now more than ever before. We cannot lose sight of our goals or ever allow the actions of a few to be considered representative of the majority.

Our nation may need to march again but, right now, it is important that we don’t forget all those who did so before us.