Hoping the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington Inspires a New Generation: John Lewis Remembers

John Lewis

John Lewis

On August 28, 2013 people from coast to coast will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March On Washington that took place in 1963.

While the March is widely remembered for Martin Luther king Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, history records it as the largest civil protest for economic rights for African Americans in this country.  Georgia’s current Congressman John Lewis was the head of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (S.N.C.C.) and he was the youngest speaker that day on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

In tribute of the upcoming celebration, we are sharing a clip from a series produced by Rita Samuels and Felecia Davis of Women Flying High that includes interviews by Atlanta leaders with Atlantans who were at the March in 1963. This John Lewis interview conducted by Reverend Raphael G. Warnock offers a glimpse of that day from a younger rebellious John Lewis. No doubt when the series is shared with young people they will be encouraged to listen, learn and act as so many young people did on the Washington mall that hot summer day 50 years ago.

For the entire series visit wclk