Posts Tagged ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’

What It Was About

August 30, 2013

What It Was About

The 2013 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

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1963 March on Washington: 80,000 Cheese Sandwiches

August 28, 2013

1963 March on Washington: 80,000 Cheese Sandwiches

“In New York, volunteers showed up at the Riverside Church at 3:00 AM to make bagged lunches. The bagged meal, comprised of a cheese sandwich, mustard, marble cake and an apple, could be purchased by marchers for 50 cents. Working in shifts until 4 in the afternoon, the assembly line crew paused once for a few words from Dr. Robert Spike, director of the Commission on Religion and Race of the National Council of Churches: ‘As an act of love, we now dedicate these lunches for the nourishment of thousands who will be coming long distances, at great sacrifice to say with their bodies and souls that we shall overcome.’ In all, 5 tons of American cheese went into the 80,000 lunches that were loaded onto refrigerated trucks and shipped down to Washington.”

— “Eating on the March: Food at the 1963 March on Washington,” Smithsonian Magazine blog [links added]

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The 1963 March on Washington Started in 1941

August 28, 2013

The 1963 March on Washington Started in 1941

The Civil Rights demonstration on August 28, 1963 was called the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Jobs came first, since the right to vote means little without job opportunity and a living wage. The event, produced in 8 weeks, had really been 22 years in the making. A. Philip Randolph of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters planned such a march for equal employment opportunity in 1941, and was only dissuaded when President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 8802, banning job discrimination in the World War II defense industries.

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Jobs & Freedom

August 24, 2013

Jobs & Freeedom

The next week will see commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. That’s what it’s often called now, but the event’s full name was really the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Among the original goals: A living minimum wage of $2.00 an hour.

Guess what? Even that paltry $2.00 in 1963 dollars would be $15.26 today. The 50th anniversary march has a lot of lost ground to cover.

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