March on Washington
Cities across the nation will be celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend but some hold a more historical significance than others.
The tumultuous year of 1963 included the March on Washington, Dr. King’s historic speech, and the assassination of Pres. Kennedy.
A new initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities is providing schools and communities free access to documentaries tracing the civil rights movement.
Chris reviews President Obama’s speech at the Lincoln Memorial and his comments on Syria, the decision of New Hope’s mayor not to perform same sex marriages, and cancer survival rates in Great Britain. He talks to Lisa DePaulo about her article in Philadelphia Magazine and Comedian Tom Segura.
Reverend Robert Polk was there on the Mall 50 years ago, three-quarters of the way back along the reflecting pool.
“The document that gives us our rights is what we celebrate here every day — the Constitution — and that’s what they were fighting for in 1963,” notes NCC program coordinator Jenna Winterle.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and area thought leaders weigh-in on the pace of the progress toward the “dream” since that day.
Chris reviews his Saturday night at the Phillies game, the Republicans record on civil rights and President Obama’s visit to Scranton on Friday. He also talks to Michael Bronstein and Colin Hanna on the Monday Morning Matchup and Phillies Broadcaster Larry Andersen.
In the nation’s capital Saturday there was a message of hope, but also one of action.
It was August 28, 1968 when more than 200,000 people stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial for one of the largest demonstrations in America’s history.
Mayor Michael Nutter joined Martin Luther King III at City Hall to announce that Philadelphia will join a national campaign on poverty, jobs, and education as the 50th anniversay of the historic March on Washington draws near.