50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington


UPDATE 8/21/18:

This month we will be observing the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

As we reflect on the achievement embodied by this momentous event, we must also acknowledge the difficult road that lies ahead if we are to fulfill our country’s full promise of justice and liberty for all. It was on August 28, 1963 that Dr. Martin Luther Jr. delivered the historic and inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech.

Please join us as we celebrate the strides made over the past 50 years and look forward to the working for jobs and freedom for all. The march that happened 50 years ago mobilized hundreds of thousands of labor and civil rights fighters. This unity eventually won the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Let’s unite again to stop the war on workers and the attacks on public services.

Like the 1968 Memphis sanitation workers’ strike led by AFSCME, the March on Washington is part of our heritage as a union. Please march and  wear your green AFSCME t-shirts!

Many 50th Anniversary Commemorations like this one are scheduled all over the country. Be part of this one.

In Seattle, the march, rally, and celebration cook-out is scheduled for Saturday August 17, 2013.

The day will begin with a march that will start on 23rd & Union and head down 23rd Ave to Jackson then head left on Jackson to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, where we will turn right and continue on until we reach MLK Memorial Park.

  • MLK Memorial Park, 2200 Martin Luther King Way S, Seattle.

Event sponsors include: Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), the MLK Jr. Celebration Committee, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, NAACP, United Black Christian Clergy, Church Council of Greater Seattle, MLK Jr. Labor Council.


Contact: Jacquie Jones-Walsh at 206-245-9542 (cell); or Loretta Gutierrez, Pierce County CBTU at 253-359-2367; or Tracy Thomas at 206-902-7018.

Email us at PugetSoundChapterCBTU@gmail.com.

1 Comment

  1. kallen1954 says:

    Now is the time for all of us to “Be Seen in 2013!”
    Especially those in Green as the oppositions is trying to Roll Back the Clock.APRI President Clayola Brown said it this way also quoting A.Phillip Randolph, the one who called for the 1963 March..
    Fifty years ago, in his speech Randolph said:

    “The March on Washington is not the climax of our struggle, but a new beginning not only for the Negro but for all Americans who thirst for freedom and a better life. Look for the enemies of Medicare, of higher minimum wages, of Social Security, of federal aid to education and there you will find the enemy of the Negro, the coalition of Dixiecrats and reactionary Republicans that seek to dominate the Congress.”

    Today, nearly fifty years after the March on Washington, the movements for civil, human and workers’ rights still dominate the national headlines. Working men and women are still impacted by the same evils which prevent us from achieving the full benefits of the American Dream. We cannot allow the clocks to be turned back on the advances of our hard earned civil rights and voter rights.

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