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Posted August 28, 2013on:
Today is the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and freedom. The march is very often known for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech that is known now as the “I Have a Dream Speech.” But there were also other things happening and other people involved in the march. Here are then some links that may be of interest:
- You can read the text of Dr. King’s speech here at this link from the National Archives (PDF document).
- You can listen to the speech here at NPR or here at American Rhetoric.
- You can also listen to some of Dr. King’s words voiced by people in 2013 in this excellent tribute from Harmony Project (link to YouTube).
- Slate has a nice gallery of rare photographs from the event.
- The Atlantic Wire has a nice article on “How We Remember the ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech 50 Years Later.”
- The editors of Dissent magazine on why the marchers marched. The editorial includes links to various articles that may be of interest.
- John Lewis, the last living speaker of the march, reflects in an interview for PBS.
- Civil rights activist and pioneer Gloria Richardson on women in the movement, the rift between Dr. King and Malcolm X, and more. Via Democracy Now!
- Brief article out of Yahoo! News on how the march inspired Latinos. Yes, there was a Latino civil rights movement going on as well.
- Unfortunately, there is a lot of ignorance going on about the march, Dr. King, and the movement. Right Wing conservatives in the U.S. either try to diminish it, ignore it, or at times shamelessly appropriate Dr. King as if Dr. King was a conservative. Dr. King was nothing of the kind. So, in the interest of a public service announcement, I like to the Rude Pundit’s “Handy Talking Points for Dealing with Stupid Conservatives on Today’s Anniversary.” Just keep this on hand when someone tries to say stuff that is not true.
- If you want to see an example of the previously described conservative stupidity when it comes to the march and the civil rights movement, the National Review magazine has often exemplified it. Media Matters offers a summary of “National Review‘s Ugly Civil Rights History.” Another example can be found at Salon magazine, where Joan Walsh summarizes in her column how conservatives just get it wrong in “The right’s outrageous MLK ignorance.” As Walsh writes, “the truth is, today’s conservatives are the direct political and intellectual descendants of people who sneered at the King and his 1963 March on Washington.”
- In the end, you sometimes need to handle ignorance with a bit of humor. In that vein, I direct readers to Newslo‘s piece entitled “Tea Party Members Demand History Remember Brave, White Patriots Who Protested King’s Racist Speech.” It’s worth a look.