This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington being commemorated as this post is being written.
But what should not be forgotten is the upheaval of the year itself, 1963. Here on the Eastern Shore, Cambridge, Maryland, was embroiled in non-violent protest for rights, as shown in the July 21st photo of Gloria Richardson. July 7th found protesters at the segregated amusement park in the Woodlawn suburb of Baltimore. June 15th was the funeral in Jackson, Mississippi of the slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers. There was the September bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, dogs set on demonstrators in Birmingham in May. So much more throughout the country, and the year ended with the November assassination of President Kennedy. … And that was just some of the turbulent year. And that was just one year.
As we look upon the hopeful history looking back on the 1963 March on Washington, it might be good to remember and reflect on what they were marching for.