Black Political Power

Archive Report

Renewed Electoral Thrust

Reviving King's ’Dream’; Recent Victories

Tens of thousands of black Americans are expected to gather in the nation's capital on Aug. 27 for “The Twentieth Anniversary Mobilization for Jobs, Peace and Freedom,” also known as “March on Washington II.” The event will mark the 20th anniversary of a historic moment in the black civil rights movement. On Aug. 28, 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before 250,000 blacks and white civil rights supporters, attacked longstanding practices of social, economic and political discrimination against blacks in his famous “I have a dream” speech. Part of King's dream was that blacks would achieve political equality throughout the nation.1

Although the anniversary march had been discussed for several ...

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