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3 ways to mark March on Washington
Anniversary events in D.C., Charlotte
 
Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 8:24 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

There are several ways to mark the 50th anniversary remembrance of the March on Washington in Charlotte as well as the nation’s capital:


• Urban League of Central Carolinas in conjunction with various community organizations is hosting “A Day of Opportunity” Aug. 28 at the Park Ministries, 6029 Beatties Ford Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


The celebration will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the release of a mutually developed “At-Opportunity” Policy Agenda. The agenda is designed to address recent North Carolina and federal legislative decisions that affect education, jobs, voting rights, and the justice system.


There will also be a special presentation in honor of civil rights attorney Julius Chambers, who died earlier this month.
The At-Opportunity Planning Committee expects 500 individuals to attend.


For more information, visit www.urbanleaguecc.org or call (704) 373-2256.


Destination Freedom
The Levine Museum of the New South is launching “Destination Freedom: Civil Rights Struggles Then and Now.” The two-year series of exhibits, programs, dialogues and new media commemorates anniversaries of significant milestones in the Civil Rights movement, including The March on Washington, and opens Aug. 24.


Exhibits will include “Network of Mutuality: 50 Years Post-Birmingham,” which will examine the conditions and components that energized the Civil Rights movement and “View from the Other Side,” a presentation of works by local artists and students inspired by civil and human rights issues. “Focus on Justice” documents the regional movement through the eyes of Carolina photographers. Visit www.museumofthenewsouth.org for more information.


Make Some Noise
Commemorate the March on Washington with a road trip to the nation’s capital. On Aug. 22 at 7 p.m., Washington D.C.’s Newseum, in partnership with the National Council of Negro Women, will host a free program, “Covering Civil rights: On the Front Lines.”


The program will include a special appearance by Martin Luther King’s daughter and CEO of the King Center Bernice King, who will receive NCNW’s 2013 Leadership Award. The event will be moderated by Sirius XM radio host Joe Madison and features a discussion with journalist and author Simeon Booker.


The Newseum’s exhibit “Make Some Noise,” spotlights key figures in the student civil rights movement including John Lewis and Julian Bond. Visit www.coveringcivilrights.eventbrite.com for more information.

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