• Effie Stewart, a Northeast Ohio AFSC committee member gives her reflections on the original March on Washington 50 years ago and why she wanted her grandchildren to attend the march this year. Watch the You Tube video here: http://youtu.be/0jVIS-Zk6ZM
  • Reflections from Vicktoria LaRiche (NEO AFSC Social Work Intern) who attended the march:

"Attending the 50th anniversary March On Washington on September 24th 2013 was a beautiful memorable experience and I am truly grateful to have witnessed this event. I saw a huge mass of people coming together for a common purpose and heard many great speakers. Listening to the speakers and seeing all the people showed me the belief and hope that our people have for the future. We have come a long way since 50 years ago but there are still many problems that we face. Some issues that I noticed at the March were taking back voting rights, gun control and racial inequality among many others. If it wasn’t for all these people coming together like this than how else can change happen? This March reminds us to be the change we wish to see. We all stand as one so we may not be corrupted and we will not stand for the modern slavery that has been bestowed upon us. This march showed me love in action. Actions that happen because of the love we have inside of us. We all are free beings as one and do not deserve to be walked all over or treated with dishonestly and greed. Every human being is worth just as much as the other and as long as we have that burning fire inside of HOPE than there will always be hope and with more and more people it will turn into something so beautiful for the future of all mankind.

May all beings everywhere be happy and free.

May the thoughts and actions of our lives contribute to that happiness and to that freedom for all."

Vicktoria LaRiche, Social Work Intern, The University of Akron 2013