Was It All In Vain? The 50th Anniversary Of The “March On Washington” To End Segregation And Fight For Civil Rights

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50th Anniversary Of The March On Washington

50 years ago today, thousand of Americans gathered at the historic Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC and marched in support of ending segregation, fighting for jobs equality and seeking equal civil rights for all citizens.

via Washington Times

Thousands of marchers from across the country gathered at the Lincoln Memorial last weekend to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 “March on Washington.“ Americans came together to urge action on jobs, voting rights and gun violence.

A host of speakers paid tribute to the civil rights leader who was assassinated nearly five decades ago, and who lead the original march demanding civil and voting rights legislation and to win more jobs, better healthcare, and an end to Jim Crow segregation.

But given the undeniably increasing presence of racial tensions and even the blatant lack of respect for our nation’s leader largely because of his skin color from top-ranking government officials, how far have we really come as a country from where we were 50 years ago?

via Washington Post

Even as racial barriers have tumbled and the nation has grown wealthier and better educated [as a whole], the economic disparities separating blacks and whites remain as wide as they were when marchers assembled on the Mall in 1963.

When it comes to household income and wealth, the gaps between blacks and whites have widened. On other measures, the gaps are roughly the same as they were four decades ago. The poverty rate for blacks, for instance, continues to be about three times that of whites.

“The relative position of blacks has not changed economically since the march,” said William Darity Jr., a professor of public policy, economics and African American studies at Duke University. “Certainly, poverty has declined for everybody, but it has declined in a way that the proportion of blacks to whites who are poor is about the same as it was 50 years ago.”

The truth of the matter is that while much has been done, there is still much to do.

In order for things to get better and for us all to move forward as a country, we must not only continue to pay homage to those before us who fought for what is right, but to also carry on their fight in our individual everyday lives.

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