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Remembering the Historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
August 28, 2012 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Mandy Carter of the Bayard Rustin Centennial Project, and Barbara Lau of the Pauli Murray Project for a discussion of Rustin and Murray’s role in this historic civil rights event that took place 49 years ago. On August 28, 1963, 250,000 people gathered in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial to advocate for their civil rights. While everyone might remember the iconic I have a Dream speech delivered by Martin Luther King, fewer people know about the roles of Pauli Murray and Bayard Rustin played in shaping this event. Our discussion will center on the significance roles of women and LGBTQ folks in the civil rights movement and the historic letters from Pauli Murray and Bayard Rustin, reflecting their support and critique of the March. We will think together about how far we have come and what issues remain to be addressed. What issues inspire us today to gather and march? Are face-to-face public marches still relevant? Film clips from Brother Outsider, the Life and Times of Bayard Rustin, will help all of us experience the energy of that time.