Saturday, August 17, 2013

Local Branch of NAACP Plans Trip to Washington

Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps
of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC fifty years ago during the
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.
Library of Congress photo

The Easton Branch of the NAACP, along with the Bethlehem and Allentown branches, is inviting community members to join them in a trip to the national capitol city to participate in the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" next Saturday, August 24.

The cost of the trip is $25 per person, and buses will depart from an as-yet unannounced location in the Lehigh Valley. More details will be provided to those who sign up, an announcement about the event promised.

The rally will begin at 8 a.m. at the Lincoln Memorial and be followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

The Lincoln Memorial is the site of the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech given by King on August 28, 1963 at the original "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" rally of the same date. More than 200,000 attended that political rally which became a key moment in the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. An entire week of events is planned in Washington DC to mark the historic event, in addition to the commemorative march and rally on Saturday.

Those interested in attending the bus trip on Saturday, August 24 can complete a sign up form, located here. 

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