14 Feb 2013

50th Anniversary of the March on Washington


photo curtesy of the National Archives

In honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, Capitol Hill Village and the Ruth Ann Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project are sponsoring a cross-gnerational commemoration next Saturday, February 23rd.

We discussed part of this celebration a few weeks ago, and noted that participants are encouraged to write and share their memories of the event for ourselves and future generations.

The keynote speaker will be Paul Delaney, a veteran journalist who covered the Civil Rights Movement and was editor and correspondent for the New York Times for 23 years. A panel discussion moderated by Rev. Edward A. Hailes, Assistant Pastor at Mount Moriah Baptist Church will feature personal recollections of the March and local middle and high school students are currently competing in a write their own “I Have a Dream” speech. The two winning entries will be read at the event.

The event will be at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St, NE, from 1:30 to 4 pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

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  • Oops, I left off one important item on the program: Friendship Public Charter School, Chamberlain campus’s chorus will sing assorted songs from the Civil Rights Movement.

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