Shared Purpose, Unwavering Determination: Statement on the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington
On this 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we reflect on the indelible impact of the historic event on civil rights and social justice. Six decades ago, people united by a shared purpose gathered at the Lincoln Memorial with unwavering determination to advocate for equality, justice, and freedom for all. And when Mahalia Jackson prompted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to tell the nation about his “dream,” we were forever changed by his vision of a just and inclusive society.
Photo: Warren K. Leffler. Prints and Photographs Division. Library of Congress.
The March on Washington stands as a poignant reminder of the power of collective action in the face of adversity. It ignited a national dialogue that propelled significant legislative changes, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, striking a blow to institutionalized racism and discrimination. This pivotal moment continues to shape the ongoing struggle for social equity, prompting vital conversations about poverty, systemic inequality, racial justice, and the power of unity in creating lasting change.
Our First Amendment Lawyer Bridge Project pairs protesters arrested while confronting injustice with attorneys. Ensuring brave community members a vigorous defense follows the tradition of communities working together to fight repression. We are committed to upholding principles of equality and dignity and are using strategies learned from struggles for civil and human rights to forge a future where all people are valued, empowered, and honored.