I know I said that I wouldn't do another post til Sunday, but I thought a post was in order for a special anniversary in American history.
As many of you know (especially if you live here in the States) yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the famous "March on Washington".
The "March on Washington" was held August 28, 1963 and was a demonstration in protest of the unfair treatment of minorities in the U.S. It was a march demanding better jobs and better treatment of blacks in the nation. It was a march that included a quarter of a million whites and blacks fighting for a common goal. Racial equality.
(This has always been a favorite photo. The beauty and grace with which this woman and her child stand under the sign is amazing. Dont know where the pic was taken but it is circa 1956)
This was the March that included Dr. Martin Luthur King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech and included many entertainers of the time including Mahalia Jackson, Ossie Davis, Josephine Baker, Marlon Brando and Peter, Paul and Mary among others.
At first I was thinking of doing a history centered post of the March but have instead decided to do a post featuring mostly photos. We always hear of the horrible way whites treated blacks in those days but I wanted to do something a little more positive.
As a black girl who grew up in the South I have seen actual KKK rallies and have experienced my share of (silent) discrimination. It was nothing like what my parents and grandparents have experienced but there where times that I felt that I was being treated differently than my white friends. BUT I have always had just as many white friends as blacks. I was lucky enough to attend schools where race was never a factor. I have felt true camaraderie and love for my white (and other race) friends. This is why I wanted to show a side rarely seen when the civil rights movement is discussed. Its true that the majority of the country was against integration and equal rights but there were many people who knew which side of the issue was the right side.
So in honor of working together and unity here are some of my favorite photos that represent the spirit of the March.
Mugshots of students who were arrested after protesting together, 1961
Paul Robeson and civil rights protesters, 1948
School integration, 1955
Black and white mothers enjoying each others company in a NYC housing community, 1956
Not sure what year this was taken,but shows protesters being harassed at a sit in
Integrated Washington D.C. classroom, 1957
Congress of Racial Equality march in honor of church bombing the killed 4 black girls in Birmingham, Alabama 1963
One of my favorite pictures. Two girls primping at a party meant to introduce blacks to whites. 1958
The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom
August 28, 1963
Hope you all have a great day!!! Spread love and positivity!!!