Cleveland, Ohio, USA – About one thousand people gathered for a rally in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, yesterday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’. Eighteen photos from the event, one of several held throughout the country on Wednesday to remember and reflect upon King’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, are below.
The event, organized by the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, the Cleveland chapter of the National Action Network and other community and civic groups, included brief speeches by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, U.S. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, and other community, political and religious leaders.
Turner, who announced her candidacy for Ohio Secretary of State in July, was the most passionate speaker on the afternoon bill addressing the importance of pushing back the recent assault on voting rights, something that King other activists were fighting five decades ago. “There is no such thing as an off-year election,” she said. “All elections have consequences.” You can catch a bit of her infectious passion in this recent segment of MSNBC’s Ed Show where she spoke about the attempts to suppress voting today in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio. “It’s a class issue. It’s a race issue.”
“We have to make sure Dr. King’s dream stays alive,” Fudge, who also spoke at a commemoration of the event earlier in the day in Washington D.C., said. The third-term member of the House of Representatives serves as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Jackson, who was elected Mayor in 2005 and re-elected in 2009, told the crowd that he remembers watching the 1963 march and King’s speech with his grandfather.
“If it were not for the movement, I would not be mayor today,” Jackson said. “Even though we have made significant strides, we still have a way to go.”
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