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Four ways to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Four ways to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

Published: August 9, 2013
archival March on Washington

Archival newsclipping of AFSC at the March on Washington.

Photo: AFSC

This month’s 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is a time to commemorate this historic event and remind ourselves, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said that day in Washington, of the fierce urgency of now.

Even if you couldn't be on the National Mall for the anniversary march, you can still stand in solidarity from wherever you are:

Use your Facebook photo to amplify MLK’s message of racial and economic justice.

Choose from four cover or profile pictures featuring quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memorable speech 50 years ago. Download your favorite and change your Facebook picture to show your support. 

Watch and discuss the documentary film “Brother Outsider” with friends and family.

“Brother Outsider” tells the story of African-American Quaker activist Bayard Rustin, who was key in organizing the March on Washington in 1963. Find the DVD at your local library, or stream it online on Netflix. You can use this free discussion guide for your conversation afterward. You can also use this guide to organize a public screening in your community. A select few AFSC field offices will be holding public screenings. 

Show your neighbors and coworkers what dream you are working to realize.

Download a free “Realizing the dream” flier to post in your home, workplace, or social media. Just fill in the blank with an issue you are passionate about—realizing the dream for immigrant rights, for workers, for equality. You can also photograph yourself with the sign and post to your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or blog to show your support for the march. Be sure to add #realizethedream so we can find what you share. 

Write a letter to your local paper.

Make sure your community is using the march anniversary as a time to continue the conversation on racial and economic justice by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. You can use or modify our drafted letters to the editor—all you have to do is enter your zip code and we'll find all the local papers for you.

To send a letter on economic justice and the need for jobs click here.

To send a letter on the recent decisions on the Voting Rights Act click here.

To send a letter on the militarization of the US/Mexico border click here.