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The Sixtieth Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
August 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
On August 28, 1963, more than 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a turning point in the moral struggle and journey toward greater racial and economic justice in the United States. Civil rights, religious, and labor leaders helped organize the march, calling for an end to segregation and racial discrimination, as well as advocating for fair wages and economic justice, voting rights, education, and long-overdue civil rights protections. At the end of the march, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged America, saying “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”
Sixty years later we continue to face fundamental moral challenges in overcoming racism and honoring “a promise that all… would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This in-person and online dialogue will examine what more needs to be done to advance freedom, equality, and justice for all. How are we keeping Dr. King’s dream alive? And where are we falling short? What are the responsibilities of Catholics and other people of faith to make this dream a reality?
Participants include Sr. Anita Baird, DHM, Marc Morial, Andrew Prevot, and Lauren Reliford.