Quad City Fed Notes Civil Rights March Anniversary

March_on_Washington_1963_smallA note from the Quad City Federation of Labor:

Brothers and Sisters,

On Wednesday, Aug. 28, communities across the country, and indeed across the world, will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights March on Washington D.C.

The historic march has been called  many names over the years, but the original name was the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” and  these were the original demands of the marchers.

-Meaningful Civil Rights Laws

-Massive Federal Works Program

-Full and Fair Employment

-Decent Housing

-The Right to Vote

-Adequate Integrated Education

The nature of the demands that the marchers had then are very similar to the list of values and issues that the Labor Movement and our coalition partners continue to fight for today.

Locally, Organizing for Action, led by Coalition member Kevin Perkins, is putting together an event to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy, and reaffirm our commitment to finishing the work that he and the Civil Right’s movement set out to accomplish 50 years ago. Numerous Community Coalition partners have placed their name on this event too in solidarity with the spirit of the anniversary.

Please download and distribute the attached flyer far and wide. Upload the attached JPEG photo to your Facebook and other social media pages.

How many members can your local contribute to this historic anniversary? Come on, give us everything you got– and don’t forget to showcase your local’s pride by wearing your union T-shirt and other gear.

Who: Quad Cities Community

What: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech

Where: Lafayette Park (4th St and Gaines) Davenport, IA

Time: 2:30pm

Flyer: See attached

In Solidarity,

Joshua Schipp

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1 Response to Quad City Fed Notes Civil Rights March Anniversary

  1. Katherine van Wormer says:

    As we think about human rights history and the great March on Washington, one group that is often overlooked are the women who worked as domestic servants in the segregated South. We should note that it was such workers who in Montgomery, Alabama engaged collectively in the first successful Civil Rights struggle, the Montgomery bus boycott, 1955-1956. This is where the young Martin Luther King got his start. Our new book, The Maid Narratives, is dedicated to women who worked as maids in the Deep South and who showed both resilience and resistance in the face of mass oppression.
    Katherine van Wormer, co-author of:
    The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South.

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