March for Jobs and Justice
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Saturday’s March for Jobs and Justice has been OFFICIALLY CANCELLED due to increasingly threatening weather forecasts and travel conditions due to Hurricane Irene.
In the coming days we will be consulting with the sponsoring organizations on plans to reschedule these events in conjunction with the formal unveiling of the MLK Monument, and will keep you posted as details emerge.
Fulfilling the Promise. . .Living the Dream
Partners in labor, education, civil rights and faith-based organizations will come together for a rally and march in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Aug. 27—the day before the unveiling of a national memorial honoring civil and human rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. King is the first non-president and person of color to be honored with a memorial on the National Mall.
Led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, president and founder of the National Action Network, the March for Jobs and Justice will be held a day before the 48th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where King delivered the historic “I Have a Dream” speech that challenged America to live up to its promise of justice for all.
AFT president Randi Weingarten, a featured speaker, is a co-chair of this event to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and to renew the call for economic justice and equal opportunity.
The rally will begin at noon on Aug. 27, at Constitution Avenue N.W. and 17th Street N.W. The march will follow at 1:30 p.m., moving along Independence Avenue S.W., and ending at the King Memorial on Ohio Drive S.W. and West Basin Drive S.W.
Other co-chairs of the event are Lee Saunders, secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; and the Rev. Franklyn Richardson, chairman of the National Action Network and the Conference of National Black Churches, and pastor of Grace Baptist Church. The Rev. Willie F. Wilson, pastor of Union Temple Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., is the national director of the march.