As poignant and relevant today more than ever.
Today’s the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom that culminated in Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a Dream” speech. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the country gathered to advocate for racial equality and opportunity.
Among the marchers was my father.
Then 35, he’d been active with labor organizing and joined the march with the United Auto Workers. A poultry farmer, he left the farm, my mother and three young children, me, 7; my sister, 5; and my 4-month-old brother, to travel to Washington, DC.
We grew up learning protest songs. “If I had a Hammer,” “Joe Hill” and “We Shall Overcome” were part of our family repertoire while hiking or on long car trips.
I talked to my father last week about his experiences.
“We took a bus from New York. I remember the discussions as we marched; we…
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