On Aug. 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people converged on Washington, D.C., to demand that Congress and President John F. Kennedy enact civil and voting rights legislation to end segregation, systemic racism and discrimination in housing, employment, transportation and education.
Nearly 60 years later, many have spent the summer insisting on the same things.
United Christian Leadership Ministry will mark the anniversary of the March on Washington by asking what progress has been made and what still needs to be done. The commemoration of the march is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 29 in the parking lot of First Church of God, 334 Clarissa St.
Scheduled speakers include Rep. Joseph Morelle, Rochester City Councilman Willie Lightfoot, Ibero American Action League President Ida Perez, the Rev. Myra Brown, Genesee Valley Civil Liberties Union Chapter Director Iman Abid, Lentory Johnson (mother of shooting victim Johnny Johnson), activist Howard Eagle and Brighton Town Supervisor Bill Moehle. They will address economic justice, health care, voting and the environment.
“We’ll be saluting the principles and values of the march in 1963, its leaders and participants,” said the Rev. Lewis Stewart, president of UCLM. “We’ll reflect on and be inspired to organize to meet the challenges of our times and turn out the vote in November.”
Music will be provided by Renee Smith of Salem Missionary Baptist Church and Shelly Regina Fowler of First Church of God.
Attendees are asked to wear masks, bring folding chairs and to park on the street.
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