“Ain’t gonna let no body turn me ’round
Turn me ’round
Ain’t gonna let no body turn me ’round
Gonna keep on walkin
Keep on talkin
Marchin down to the Freedom Land”
50 years ago today thousands of African Americans traveled far and wide to support a cause for jobs and freedom, which we know today as “The March of Washington.”
The March on Washington was called by multiple civil rights organizations to bring awareness to the injustice and discrimination African Americans received. More importantly it was to help bring awareness to the Civil Rights Act Congress had stalled to vote on that year.
The march united over 200,000 blacks and whites in speeches, songs and prayer. In addition, the March on Washington, gave birth to the notorious ‘I have a Dream’ speech by Dr. Martin Luther King. This march was truly a large milestone in the Civil Rights Movement.
Today on August 28, 2013 we need to question ourselves on what movements have we done since then. If Civil Rights organizations asked us to march to Washington, DC to support the Trayvon Martin case, how many of us would find it important to take off from our jobs and possibly risk losing our jobs for the greater good of the cause? We love admiring what others have done. Now is our time as a generation to make strides of our own create memories for our children to look at and want to emulate.
Challenge yourself…When do you think it’s time to unite with others and stand up for a cause outside of social media?