Sixty years ago this summer, hundreds of thousands of Americans convened in Washington, DC to advocate for civil and economic rights for all. While best known for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom originally positioned securing employment for all as a central rallying point.
While much has changed for Black families in America in the intervening years, employment disparities remain a persistent problem. On August 2, join some of the nation’s leading experts in a lively historical discussion of the labor and economic roots of the march… and its lessons for today.
William P. Jones, Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights.
Tanya Wallace-Gobern, Executive Director of the National Black Worker Center
Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, Vice President of Religious Affairs and External Relations of the National Action Network and Pastor of Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina
Sponsored by the Center for Economic and Policy Research.