Theme ~ My 50 Years in America
In the summer of 1963, while I was happily frolicking in the great waves of the Atlantic Ocean off the Jersey shore, eating ice cream and checking out young guys on the beach, not too far away, the March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom took place.
About 200,000 to 300,000 people attended the march on Washington that August. It is estimated that 75-80% of those in attendance were black. The march has been credited with helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
On August 28, 1963, Dr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, calling for an end to racism in the United States.
Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Charlton Heston at the Lincoln Memorial during the march.
These events affected me deeply and made me more aware and also interested, on a deeper level, in the plight of African Americans. From that summer on, I took a proactive stand on the issue of civil rights for everyone.
And the events that followed will be forever etched in my memory.
Black Jack, the riderless stallion that took part in the President's State Funeral.
And the photo we will always remember.
Source: Wikipedia photos.