Today marks the 49th anniversary of the March on Washington. On August 28, 1963, over 250,000 people assembled in Washington, DC to take a stand against civil injustice. This was notably one of the most important events in the civil rights movement.
“The revolution is at hand, and we must free ourselves of the chains of political and economic slavery. The nonviolent revolution is saying, "We will not wait for the courts to act, for we have been waiting hundreds of years. We will not wait for the President, nor the Justice Department, nor Congress, but we will take matters into our own hands, and create a great source of power, outside of any national structure that could and would assure us victory." For those who have said, "Be patient and wait!" we must say, "Patience is a dirty and nasty word." We cannot be patient, we do not want to be free gradually, we want our freedom, and we want it now. We cannot depend on any political party, for the Democrats and the Republicans have betrayed the basic principles of the Declaration of Independence.”—John Lewis, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
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