The March on Washington, II

Marchers clasp hands in prayer during the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington August 24


C-Span * National Action Network


Main Speakers (from 11:0 AM EDT):

Nancy Pelosi * Bernice King * Steny Hoyer * Myrlie Evers-Williams * Attorney General Eric Holder * Martin Luther King, III * Rev. Al Sharpton * Trayvon Martin family * Emmett Till family


March down Independence Avenue, passing the King Memorial to the Washington Monument



Legacy – from yesterday, heading to see the President in Scranton:




A sheet of the U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is seen during an unveiling event at the Newseum in Washington

141 Responses to “The March on Washington, II”

  1. 3 COS
    August 24, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Good morning.

  2. 5 amk for obama
    August 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

    “Voting is the language of democracy.”


  3. 6 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Love this post Chips! Beautiful!!!

  4. 7 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:12 am

  5. 8 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:13 am

  6. 10 Carol
    August 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

    Isn’t the President speaking today? What time??? Carter? Clinton?

  7. 22 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:17 am

  8. 25 MightyPamela
    August 24, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I was 12 when the first March took place. Ringing the bells in Seattle: we have a small souvenir Liberty bell replica we bought in Philly 24 years to, seems like a good one to be ringing today! And my Tibetan temple bells, of course!! Will be on the virtual march!! Hugs all around y’all! {{{{TOD}}}}

    • 26 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

      I was 16, so you’ll always be “a baby” when I’m around! Mornin’, MightyPamela!

      • 27 MightyPamela
        August 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

        Morning JO’B, I will always defer to your wisdom and maturity!! (didja hear that Chipsticks, what have I just said??!!) 😆

    • 29 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

      MightyPamela – I just looked up AG Holder’s DOB – he was 12 when the first March took place, too. Look at the good company you’re in, today (and every day)!

      • 30 MightyPamela
        August 24, 2013 at 11:56 am

        1950 was a Tiger Going Down The Mountain year, some pretty determined types took incarnation in that year, having already been to the Top of that ol’ Mountain! Thankfully.

        • 31 jacquelineoboomer
          August 24, 2013 at 12:02 pm

          Yes. (I was thinking you meant 1951, apparently also a good year for determined types to be born!)

  9. 32 gn
    August 24, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful roundup and these links. Today and Wednesday are special days and I knew I could rely on this space for excellent pictures and coverage.

  10. August 24, 2013 at 10:20 am

    • 34 Dudette
      August 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Yeh! SMH, SMH!!

    • 35 Nena20409
      August 24, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Wow…..This picture looks like it was just taken……the Cigarette in between the fingers of HB, gave it away. HB will be at the March today….Bless his heart. SP is not as active, but he is still doing what he can. Bless his heart too.

    • 36 arkluvspbo
      August 25, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Chipsticks, is it bad for me to say I need the naughty mat after seeing this picture??

  11. 37 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Chips, you’ve gotta put that Poitier/Belafonte tweet up top, cuz …. WOW!!!

  12. 41 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Looooove him and the fight against voter suppression he’s been leading in North Carolina.

  13. 42 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Update on FLOTUS.

  14. 44 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:32 am

    MHP has Jesse Jackson coming up.

  15. August 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hot, hot hot men. Denzel Washington and Barack Obama are two more very handsome men.

  16. August 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

  17. 59 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

  18. 60 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I’m enjoying watching the early part of the March commemoration on C-Span. Not sure why some of these headliners are only getting a few minutes to speak, but I liked how Jesse Jackson called the election of President Obama “our crowning jewel.” And I liked how Tony Bennett sang the song that includes “they didn’t think we’d all come together” and “who’s got the last laugh now?” So many people in this country have come together, and those who haven’t are headed for the scrap pile with their vile “friends.” I don’t mean to put a damper on any of the proceedings, but had to get that out of my system!

    As we all continue to watch and learn from and be inspired by Dr. King’s genius speech of Aug. 28, 1963, we should keep in mind that when he delivered it, he was only 34 years old. You don’t have to be old and seasoned to be an unceasing leader in world history.

  19. 61 PrayerWarriorforObama
    August 24, 2013 at 10:55 am

    A blessed and inspiring March on Washington Day to Chips and the TOD family. Thank you so much for providing those of us who live beyond the shores of the USA the opportunity to share this day with you all.

    It was the actions of the civil rights pioneers in the USA that emboldened Caribbean leaders during the same period to agitate for basic human rights, including the right to vote, for Caribbean people. The gains accrued by MLK and those who marched with him were the beacon that guided our civil rights heroes, including those from my island.

    So we are marching in spirit with you today, and praying that the gains from this 50th anniversary activities will be comprehensive and eternal. May God bless and empower every participant, including this amazing blog.

  20. 63 yardarm756
    August 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Good Morning ya’ll. I see by the comments above that a few of you lot are experiencing your own er,ah ‘private summer’. Be advised that the naughty mat locker is now open along with a supply of fans! 😀

  21. August 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Not to be a downer, but saw this came across my Twitter timeline:

    • 86 yardarm756
      August 24, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Do not be surprised be these type headlines. The threat of violence has ALWAYS followed the subjugation of our people. After all, That is an industry in itself. 😦

  22. 87 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

  23. 88 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

  24. 89 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Great photo!!!

  25. 92 Dakota
    August 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Dr. Jealous speaking!

  26. 94 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

    YES WE CAN!!!!

  27. 95 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Ben Jealous is yelling “Fired Up! Ready to Go!” and “Yes We Can!”

    The inspiration of not only Dr. King but also President Obama will be woven through the entire fabric of this 50th commemoration. Now that’s one big thing to smile about!

  28. 96 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

  29. 97 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

  30. 101 GGAIL
    August 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family. Chipsticks you have done a marvelous job on these two Rise & March and the comments are so moving as well as informative. Thanks!
    This is truly a day of pride, filled with excitement. I’m looking forward to following along.

  31. 103 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:35 am


  32. 106 JER
    August 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

    AG Holder speaking now.

  33. 107 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Yay, AG Holder!!!!

  34. 108 Dakota
    August 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Eric Holder!!!!

  35. August 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

  36. 110 HZ
    August 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Another set of words to place in our beautiful space for thought: HZ

    “The mind does not take its complexion from the skin.”

    Frederick Douglas,1817-1895
    Abolitionist and Autobiographer

  37. 111 Dakota
    August 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Speak on it AG Holder!

  38. 112 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

  39. 114 sherijr
    August 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

    So glad I got home in time to hear AG Holder. woo hoo!

  40. 115 mtmarilyn
    August 24, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Good morning TOD family. It is a beautiful day. I am listening to all the speakers. It is so powerful. I am so thankful we are able to hear them all and read all here. We are blessed with our community here at TOD. I thank each one of you for all you do. I have a busy day here but the TV is on and the computer is set at TOD.

  41. 116 sherijr
    August 24, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Did Nancy Pelosi already speak?

  42. 119 yardarm756
    August 24, 2013 at 11:49 am

    I must say that this all brings back some poignant memories. I was in a place where I expected to not be concerned by the events of the day. I was under the microscope of the US Navy. During this time I was at GLakes about to be the first AA to teach in the ElectronicsTechnician School. The changes were almost instantaneous. All the minority personnel begin to get access to things that had been previously denied. Yes, separate but equal was alive and well up to this point.

  43. 122 sherijr
    August 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

    Corey Booker… next Senator of NJ 🙂

  44. 125 africa
    August 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I am always late. Don’t know if this has posted here already. But I think it is worth a read.

  45. 126 HZ
    August 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I love our brilliant Attorney General. Dr. Sharon Malone Holder looks great on this beautiful day. Love that dress and those shoes. Beautiful and historic couple. Mrs. Holder’s sister played an important in the Civil Rights Movement as well.

    Keeping our space filled with thoughts for our candles, music, electricity that is there and all across this nation today.

    ” We must now refocus the views of the public on the issue of justice rather than the issues off aimless harmony.”
    Rev. Al Sharpton 1955-

    • 127 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Hi, HZ – Love that “aimless harmony” description from Rev. Al. So very true. Enjoy your day!

  46. 128 desertflower
    August 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Going to miss all the speeches now…off to tutor. I hope that we can see some of the speeches here later…( hint, hint:)

    Regardless…my heart is full and happy today. Today will be the day that America wakes

    • 129 jacquelineoboomer
      August 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      See ya later, df. Yes, I thought maybe today would have a sad cloud over it, but – instead – I realize it’s a very full and happy day and week ahead of us.

  47. August 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

    These may have been posted already, but we at TOD don’t mind duplicates, right?

  48. 132 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Cannot wait to hear Dr. Joseph Lowery, today. On Rev. Al’s show last night, it was stated he’ll be 92 in October! I’ve always enjoyed hearing him, mostly because of the way he tells truth to power, not just brilliantly but with his rapier use of the language while still making one smile.

    Think I heard him say he was not able to give the speech he had prepared to deliver at the March in ’63 because only one representative of each organization – in his case, the SCLC – was allowed to speak. And, of course, the “other” representative of the SCLC was Dr. King. How’d ya like to have to give up your speaking time to such a voice!

    Dr. Lowery also mentioned a speech he gave in the ’80s, called, “Everything has changed and nothing has changed,” which he said is still surprisingly relevant. I believe his remarks today will be those he had drafted for ’63, perhaps with an update. Can’t wait.

    Oh, and, on a side note, please somebody tell Cory Booker that he does not necessarily have to SHOUT when he’s making his point in front of a mic. Maybe a little more modulated tone, Mayor? (I realize he doesn’t need me to tell him to get some communications training, since he apparently is doing fine without me, but just sayin’.)

  49. 133 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

  50. August 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Oh my……Cory Booker! Could his speech please be posted later. I need to listen to it again…..and again…..

  51. 137 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Nancy Smash is at the podium!!!!!

  52. 138 sherijr
    August 24, 2013 at 11:59 am

    oh yea Nancy Smash (as she’s been called here) glad I didn’t miss her either!

  53. 139 Dudette
    August 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  54. 141 HZ
    August 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    “The Strength of a Tree comes from its roots.” Myrlie Evers-Williams

    Beautiful gift of age is this beautiful soul, Mrs. Myrlie Evers-Williams.

    I love Tom Joyner. “Band, there will be no wrap-up in Congressman John Lewis’ speech.” Love it!!!HZ

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