The 40th Anniversary March on Washington 
DC Host Committee | A. Chuck Hicks & Frank Smith, Co-Chairs
DC Mobilization/Host Committee Schedule of Events

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40th Anniversary March & Related Events

 

Events Celebrating the 40th Anniversary March on Washington

Saturday, August 16, 2003
9 am
Prayer Breakfast  Fundraiser (sold out)
The D. C. Host Committee, 40th Anniversary March On Washington 
First Baptist Church, 712 Randolph Street, NW, Washington, DC 20011
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Thursday, August 21, 2003
6pm to 9pm
Oldies But Goodies/Hand Dance Mixer Fundraiser
for the The D. C. Host Committee, 40th Anniversary March On Washington 
Cada Vez. 1438 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Contact Senghor Jawara Baye-EL, 202.829.7204
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$10 at the door   you can order your tickets online!
Friday, August 22, 2003
Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street @ The National Mall
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4:00pm Ceremony to unveil Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative plaque
4:30pm Press Briefing
7:30pm  Prayer Vigil and Speeches
9:00pm  “Spoken Word on Washington” (Poetry Jam)
Friday, August 22, 2003
National Museum of American History, Behring Center
Smithsonian Institution,
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Carmichael Auditorium - Free and Open to the Public
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6:30pm
to
8pm
Bearing Witness to a Dream Deferred

A panel of activists who organized and participated in the historic March on Washington will discuss their hopes and expectations in 1963 and assess the challenges of the continuing struggle for justice in 2003.

Facilitator
Bernice Johnson Reagon,
SNCC field organizer and member of the SNCC Freedom Singers, invited performers on the March program.

Panelists

Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), one six 1963 March on Washington organizers. 

The Honorable Reverend Walter E. Fauntroy was director of the Washington Bureau of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and the Washington, D.C., Coordinator for the March on Washington.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) was a SNCC field organizer and a member of the National March on Washington staff in New York.

Ruth Mae Harris and Charles Nesblett were SNCC field organizers and members of the SNCC Freedom Singers.

Comments and Q&A follows.

8pm to 9pm Songs of Struggle and Freedom

The SNCC Freedom Singers - Ruth Mae Harris, Charles Nesblett and Bernice Johnson Reagon -  will perform and lead a "community sing"

Friday, August 22, 2003
7pm

The Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts;  
2700 F Street, NW.
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Brother Outsider: The Bayard Rustin Story
by Edward Hill

Screening of Brother Outsider - The Life of Bayard Rustin with special guests and post-screening discussion.  Pre-Screening Reception/Cash Bar, 6:00p. - Free and Open to the Public

Bayard Rustin was one of the most prolific figures during the Civil Rights Movement. The documentary Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, explores his life. PBS aired the film in January 2003. "If one gets out and begin to defend ones right and the rights of others, spiritual growth takes place," was his constant battle cry.
One of his most significant contributions was his work as the Coordinator and Executive Director for the 1963 March on Washington. He advised Dr. King and President Johnson. Rustin debated Malcolm X and Kwame Toure. He was openly gay.

Eleanor Holmes Norton
questioned it best when she asked, "Why did he remain in the background, why was he the advisor to this, that or the other great person, but never himself coming forward in the full measure of his great talent?" She simply replied, "I think because he recognized that in a world in which homosexuality was roundly condemned, he would be a liability to movements or to those he advised."
Saturday, August 23, 2003
The 40th Anniversary March on Washington
Lincoln Memorial,
23rd Street @ The National Mall
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9am to 11am DC Host Committee Mobilization 
Assembling | Marches Begin | Rally / March
Convene at the site of 1968’s Resurrection City in West Potomac Park:
10am Open Plenary
10:30am
to 12n
Community Mobilization Teach-In’s.
12:30pm to 2pm Community Mobilization Teach-In’s.
2pm Closing Plenary

3pm 

 

March to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a commemorative mass rally. A full list of speakers will be announced soon.
Saturday, August 23, 2003
 

Sixth National Conference of the New Civil Rights Movement (register)
People's Congregational Church - 4704 Thirteenth St. NW
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6pm Opening Plenary Session:
Defending Our Victory at the Supreme Court and Mobilizing to Defeat Ward Connerly.
Sunday, August 24, 2003
Sixth National Conference of the New Civil Rights Movement (con't)
Howard University - Room TBA
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9-10AM  Plenary Session: 
Building a National Boycott Campaign against the Backers of Ward Connerly and their Campaign for the Racist Resegregation of American Society 
10-10:15am  Break
10:15am-12n  Discussion and Vote on Concrete Plans of Action
12n-1pm  Lunch
1-2:30pm  Regional Discussion
2:30-3pm  Wrap-up

 

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