Oklahomans from across the state will gather at the state Capitol on Saturday to commemorate and celebrate the historic March on Washington for Jobs & Justice which occurred 50 years ago on Aug. 28, 1963.
The Oklahoma Jobs, Justice & Voting Rights march will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Stiles Circle Park. The marchers will proceed north on Lincoln Boulevard to the state Capitol. The rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. on the Capitol's north plaza.
The event will coincide with national events in Washington, bringing together Oklahoma activists and communities in solidarity with ongoing human rights efforts throughout the nation.
Keynote speaker for the social justice rally will be the Rev. J.A. Reed Jr., senior pastor of Fairview Baptist Church, 1700 NE 7. Reed's address will be preceded by remarks from other community leaders from across the state.
The 1963 March on Washington was one of the largest rallies for human rights in the history of the United States. It proved to be a central moment in the Civil Rights Movement. More than 250,000 people joined in peaceful demonstration for racial and economic equality. It was there that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
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