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March On Washington

mow.jpgOn August 28, 1963, a quarter million civil rights activists and supporters from around the country — headed by influential leaders including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — gathered in Washington, DC to advocate for civil rights legislation, anti-discrimination legislation, and an increase in the minimum wage. The 1963 March on Washington was not merely symbolic. In fact, it is largely credited with providing momentum for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech from the march has inspired civil rights activists from all walks of life in the years since.

On the 50th anniversary of this momentous event, a  March on Washington in 2013 is just as timely as it was in 1963. Racial, social, economic and health inequalities persist, millions of Americans are still unemployed and living in poverty, and the Supreme Court decision in June that repealed the key component of the Voting Rights Act has created a direct connection between the struggles facing activists then and now.

Planned Parenthood is deeply invested in eliminating health disparities, working towards equal opportunity for all, and ensuring that the civil rights of all Americans are defended, so we are proud to join the labor, religious, and civil rights groups that have organized this 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington. We will participate in the march on Saturday, August 24, with mobilization of Planned Parenthood staff and supporters, an appearance by Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board Chair Alexis McGill Johnson, and social media updates and activity on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day. Join us!

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