The March Continues: The Ongoing Journey to Economic Inclusion

Part of the What's Next? event series
archival photo (left) from Chicago Freedom Movement March
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While the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is often referred to as simply “the March on Washington,” the “Jobs” aspect of the March was very important. The initial focus of the March was intended to be economic inequality, but it was later expanded to address the concerns expressed by various civil rights groups. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the other organizers of the March crafted a set of Ten Demands that included calls for Federally funded job training and placement, a national minimum wage that provided a decent standing of living, an expansion of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and an end to discrimination in employment at all levels of government, the private sector, and labor unions. 

This panel will reflect on the ways the nation has marched toward economic inclusion for Black people, and in what ways must the march continue?

Following the roundtable discussion, audience members will be able to submit questions for the panel to consider. 

Panelists: 

Moderator: 

  • Dr. William P. Jones, Professor, Department of History

 

What's Next? Roundtable Series

The College of Liberal Arts is hosting a series of roundtable discussions with community leaders and advocates that ask "What's Next for the Dream?" These discussions will explore where we are nationally and locally with regard to some of the demands  put forward at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. 

Learn more about the What's Next? series

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