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Citizen Action/Illinois Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Date: 
08/22/2013

by Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director William McNary:

Citizen Action/Illinois Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Too many people of goodwill have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation.  They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice.  But these two evils have a malignant kinship.

                                  - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, let us remember that it was a March for Jobs and Freedom.  Economic rights were as central to Dr. King’s vision as civil, social and political rights.  And so the struggle for economic justice continues.

Let us recommit ourselves to knitting that inescapable garment of destiny that Dr. King talked about.  Where what affect one of us, affects all of us.  Let us remain united and use our strength in numbers so that we can all share in the American dream.

It’s time complete the unfinished business of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom.  It’s time to go to work to put America back to work. Let us use all of the resources at our command to rebuild, restore and reestablish America as a great nation.  A country that works for all of us.  We all do better when we ALL do better.