50th Anniversary March on Washington
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more moving and powerful moment in American history than the March On Washington on August 28, 1963. With the Reverend Martin Luther King at the forefront, this landmark happening paved the way for the major civil rights changes that were soon to come down the pike across the United States. Fifty years later, the March will be back in the spotlight in Washington, DC with two days of stirring events. Taking place on August 27 and August 28, 2013, the 50th Anniversary of the March On Washington will welcome thousands of citizens from all across America who will pay tribute to those forward-thinking individuals that shared a common goal. There are two main activities planned. They are the Civil Rights Conference, which is set for August 27, and the Commemorative March, scheduled to get underway the following day.
Those involved with the Commemorative March will gather at 8:00 a.m. at 600 New Jersey Avenue. The procession will get started at 9:30 a.m. and it will be led by some of the citizens from the original March On Washington as well as by the Civil Rights Museum on Wheels. There are two rallies planned for the 50th anniversary celebration, which is also being staged as a March for Jobs and Justice. The U.S. Department of Labor is the location for the first rally, which will last for 15 minutes. From there, the participants will head over to the U.S. Department of Justice for another 15-minute rally. Afterwards, the throng will move along to the National Mall where a multitude of additional activities will reinforce the message championed by the original marchers from 1963.