marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Baton Rouge played a
key role in launching the Civil Rights Movement.
and bus boycotts in Baton Rouge led to larger national protests. The march came
to be a turning point for civil rights in our country. It was leaders of
churches in the African-American community who helped organize the march a
Civil rights leaders and others gathered at Greater King David Baptist
Church in north Baton Rouge to tell their stories of the march and Dr. Martin
Luther King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech.
28 1963, nearly 200,000 people of different races and religions flocked to Washington
DC for the march meant to bring attention to the job and civil rights
inequalities plaguing the country at that time. It left a huge impression on
many there, including a current state senator from Georgia.
taught civics, democracy and freedom and liberty and justice for all," said Nan
Orrock, D-Atlanta (GA). "That march lifted you to the fact that we didn't have
liberty and justice for all."
and entertainers performed and gave speeches, challenging the multitudes to
keep fighting for change. The most memorable moment was when Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. took to the podium. Parts of his speech have resonated through time.
little children will one day live in a nation where they are not judged by the
color of their skin, but by the content of their character...I have a dream,"
years later, Americans and King's daughter remember that march and other events
where people risked so much to spark social change.
right there in Alabama, little black boys and little black girls will be able
to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers...I
have a dream today," he said.
been events taking place this week to remember the march. A group of people is
headed to Washington DC this weekend for a march celebrating the anniversary of
the one in 1963.