Skip to comments.March on Washington anniversary events
Posted on 08/27/2013 7:29:46 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
The schedule is as follows, with personalities and performances listed in order of appearance.
11 a.m. to noon
●Geraldo Marshall (trumpet call).
●Pastor A.R. Bernard (invocation).
●Ambassador Andrew Young.
●Robby Novak, Kid President.
●National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.
●D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray.
●The Rev. Wintley Phipps.
●Sen. Angus King (I-Maine).
●Johnny L. DuPree, mayor of Hattiesburg, Miss., and secretary of the National Council of Black Mayors.
●Singers Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey.
●Charles Steele Jr., chief executive of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
●Melanie L. Campbell, president and chief executive of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.
●Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.).
●Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie.
●A Junkanoo performance.
●Kristin Stoneking, executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
●Mee Moua, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
●Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley.
●Singer Natalie Grant.
Noon to 1 p.m.
●Fred Maahs, chairman of the American Association of People With Disabilities.
●U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon (via video).
●Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and chief executive of the NAACP.
●Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP.
●Alan van Capelle, chief executive of Bend the Arc.
●A performance by Maori dancers.
●The Rev. Joseph Lowery.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
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It’s a good day to watch tivo’d programs.
Bleah! When does Cee Lo Green, Jay Z, and Snoop Dogg perform?
Two thirds of Peter, Paul, and Mary are going to be at this event. Wow, I guess it’s true that hippies never go away.
Crowds will be small and failing cable TV channel MSNBC will have a handful of viewers. Fact: The vast majority of the American people have tuned POTUS Barack Hussein Obama and his Black racist goons out!!! Reverand Dr. Martin Luther King would be appalled...and is probably crying in his grave for American Blacks and our country!!!
NARRATION---MLK Jr. could hardly believe his eyes when he left the segregated South as a teenage college student to work on a tobacco farm in Connecticut (then a common practice for Southern college students who wanted summer jobs).
On our way here we saw things I had never anticipated to see, he wrote his father in June 1944. After we passed Washington, DC, there was no discrimination at all. The white people here are very nice. We go to any place we want to and sit any where we want to.
MLK spent that summer working in a tobacco field in the Hartford suburb of Simsbury with white and black students. That experience would influence his decision to become a minister and heighten his resentment of segregation.
Its clear that this little town, it made a huge impact on his life, said John Conard-Malley, a Simsbury High School senior who did a documentary with other students on Kings experiences in Connecticut. Its possibly the biggest thing, one of the most important things, people dont know about Martin Luther Kings life.
Until then, King was thinking of becoming a lawyer, Conard-Malley said. But after his fellow students at the tobacco farm elected him their religious leader, he decided to become a minister.
In his later application to Crozer Theological Seminary King wrote that he made the decision that summer when I felt an inescapable urge to serve society. In short, I felt a sense of responsibility which I could not escape. Perhaps if he hadnt come to Connecticut, hadnt picked tobacco up here, hadnt felt like a free person, hadnt felt what life was like without segregation and been elected the religious minister, he may not have become such a leader in the civil rights movement, he said.
In a letter to his mother, King marveled over a trip he took to Hartford. I never thought that a person of my race could eat anywhere but we ate in one of the finest restaurants in Hartford, King wrote. And we went to the largest shows there. He wrote of going to the same church as white people.
His new calling as a religious leader was emerging, too. I have to speak on some text every Sunday to 107 boys. We really have good meetings, he wrote.
In a speech in Hartford in 1959, King recalled how hot it was working on the tobacco field and how he looked forward to relaxing on weekends in Hartford. Byer says King and other students often worked in temperatures that reached 100 degrees or higher. The students, who were earning money to pay for college, made about $4 per day, Byer said. They lived in a dormitory built at the edge of the tobacco field.
That taste of freedom in New England ended as King returned home. When he got to Washington, he had to ride the rest of the way to Atlanta in a segregated train.
After that summer in Connecticut, it was a bitter feeling going back to segregation, King wrote in his autobiography. I could never adjust to the separate waiting rooms, separate eating places, separate rest rooms, partly because the separate was always unequal, and partly because the very idea of separation did something to my sense of dignity and self-respect.
Shortly before coming to Connecticut that summer, a Southern bus driver ordered MLK to give up his seat for a white passenger on the way to Atlanta.
Kings widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote in her memoir, My Life With Martin Luther King Jr. that her husband talked of the exhilarating sense of freedom he felt in Connecticut that summer.
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