LANCASTER – The local chapter of the NAACP is inviting all residents to a celebration Saturday to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
Themed “Remembering Our Past – Embracing Our Future,” the event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Growing Valley Baptist Church, located at 44818 20th Street West in Lancaster.
“I think it is imperative for the community to come together, especially in this day and age, to remember and reflect on the work of Dr. King,” said Growing Valley Baptist Church pastor Jacob Johnson. “I think it’s even more fitting that our church would host the event because we are oldest African American church in the Antelope Valley.”
On August 28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington D.C. for a political rally, which became a key milestone in the civil rights movement. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired millions across the world with a 17-minute speech most commonly referred to as the “I Have a Dream Speech.” (View video of the speech below)
“We call it the ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ but it was actually entitled ‘Normalcy Never Again,’” Johnson said. “I think it’s important for us to come together and celebrate that all people are created equal.”
Saturday’s event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington will feature local civil rights activists discussing various issues, including:
- The Department of Justice report (read more here);
- Law enforcement interaction with the African-American community;
- Section 8 issues;
- African-American and Latino rights denied under the California Voting Rights Act in Palmdale;
- The campaign to “remove the box” to help secure jobs in the Antelope Valley;
- “Stand your ground” laws and what must be done to keep the spirit of Trayvon Martin alive, and much more.
“In the backdrop of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the AV-NAACP will lay out [the] next steps we must take in the Antelope Valley to fulfill the dream of Dr. King in bringing “Justice, Jobs, Freedom and Equality” in the heart of our community,” stated AV-NAACP President V. Jesse Smith.
This event is free and open to the public. To R.S.V.P., call 661-222-8144 and leave your name and telephone number. View a flyer for this event here.