On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington
August 28, 2013
What should be a great moment in history has turned into a shameful one. On Aug. 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of Black Americans and their allies streamed into Washington, D.C., demanding jobs and freedom, determined to force back the injustice of Jim Crow and the unfulfilled promises of the so-called American Dream.
Many people spoke that day. John Lewis represented the precocious and heroic young generation of student freedom fighters, while A. Phillip Randolph was a living bridge to a previous generation of strugglers. The gospel queen Mahalia Jackson gave voice to the spirit of the movement, and Martin Luther King emerged as the central leader of the Southern Freedom Movement while sharing his now famous dream.
On the 50th anniversary of this momentous day, the legacy has been sullied and trashed. The keynote speech will be given by a world-class war monger, one who has the audacity to speak in honor of Dr. King while preparing war in Syria. It will also feature presentations by a man who coldly threw poor people off welfare rolls, illegally bombed several countries, unrepentantedly killed 1 million Iraqis via sanctions and accelerated the incarceration of millions of Blacks. And if that is not enough, the stage will also be darkened by the shadow of the good friend of the murdering, torturing Shah of Iran, the man who fired his United Nations ambassador for attending a social function where a Palestinian envoy happened to be present.