The nation is reflecting on the civil rights struggle on this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. DC Mayor Vincent Gray said the original March was aimed at extending the “blessings of liberty to all Americans.” Dr. Christopher Metzler with Georgetown University says the struggle has evolved since 1963. Metzler believes the anniversary has a significant symbolic impact, but will have little long-term effect. He says the event will be seen as positive in a number of ways, but then reality will sink back in. Reverend Bernice King called on the congregation at the interfaith service in Washington to go forward in the spirit, strength and tradition of those who have gone before. Meanwhile, Governor McDonnell honored the anniversary of the speech by Martin Luther King with a ringing of the Old Bell Tower in Richmond’s Capitol Square. The bells also rang at the UVA Chapel where students read parts of the speech. At a separate event at the University, speakers discussed ways to revitalize the purpose of King’s speech.
March On Washington Remembered On 50th Anniversary