Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman of NAACP Board of Directors; Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO; Hilary Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy; Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Director of Economic Programs for the NAACP; and Sammie Dow, Director of the NAACP Youth and College Division will be available . . .
On Saturday, August 24, the NAACP will march on the National Mall for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. NAACP leaders will be available for comment in the weeks before and after the march. For interview requests, please contact Michelle Nealy at (443) 562-4233 or Ben Wrobel at (917) 846-0658. Press inquiries will be honored on a first call, first serve basis.
Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his historic "I Have a Dream" speech, leaders from civil rights, organized labor, housing, media, education and politics will once again convene in the nation's capital to urge Congress to create more jobs, protect voting rights, and to address the litany of recent attacks on immigration and workers' rights.
"If this year has shown us anything, it's that the work of the 1963 march is not yet finished," stated Jealous. "Voting rights are under attack, black unemployment continues to soar and thousands of black children are living in impoverished neighborhoods and attending segregated schools. Black youth are being gunned down each and every day in senseless acts of violence. Trayvon Martin lies in the ground after one such senseless act."
March on Washington – Saturday, August 24 Rally at the Lincoln Memorial begins at 8 a.m. followed by march to the King Memorial. March Route: Down Daniel French Drive to the southern portion of Independence Avenue. We will march down Independence Avenue. to the King Memorial. The King Memorial is the official dispersal point. Once there, marchers will be told to go to their buses or the Global Freedom Festival.