Hundreds Of Thousands Reflect During March On Washington | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Hundreds Of Thousands Reflect During March On Washington

Play associated audio
The crowds at the 50th anniversary march stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial.
Jacob Fenston
The crowds at the 50th anniversary march stretched from the Lincoln Memorial to the World War II Memorial.

Events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington continue today and through the week. Yesterday's rally on the National Mall drew hundreds of thousands of people, to reflect on the accomplishments and unfinished business of the past half-century.

In August 1963, Francis Collins worked at an office just up 14th Street from the National Mall.

"During my break time, I walked right down two blocks to listen to the speeches and join the March," he says.

At this year's March, he's standing just across from where he was 50 years ago. The crowd around him is mostly much younger, and he says he's glad to see them learning about the 1963 March — it's history is told to his children, and grandchildren.

"We taught them what we have gone through to accomplish the things that we accomplished," he says.

That's the same lesson 11-year-old Dajaun Harris's grandfather wanted him to learn at the March this weekend.

"We're allowed to drink from the same fountains, go to the same schools," says Harries. "Back then we weren't able to do any of those things."

The March this weekend wasn't just a history lesson — signs and t-shirts spoke to current issues, from the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act, to statehood for the District of Columbia.

NPR

For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.
NPR

A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.
NPR

For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.
NPR

New Facebook App A Throwback To Old Chatrooms

Facebook's new app, Rooms, harkens back to the days of 1990s anonymous chat rooms. New York Times tech reporter, Mike Isaac, talks about why having secret identities online is a good thing.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.