March on Washington 50th Anniversary: Digital Marches an Option


The 50th anniversary of the iconic and game-changing March on Washington is here and people around the world are finding ways to commemorate this important occasion. The nation’s capital (Washington, DC) is literally teeming with people who have come in from all over the world to participate in the march activities which will be re-created on Saturday, August 24. Thousands of people will congregate on the mall at 8 a.m. to make more history as part of the Global Freedom Festival. In DC and surrounding areas, there are plenty of activities occurring including the Kingonomics conference, the Let Freedom Ring Celebration, George Washington University’s Pro-(Claiming) Freedom Series: Soundtrack Of A Movement: Freedom Songs In Perspective and Howard University’s program of activities including a day of service and the premiere of the documentary1963: The Year that Changed Americawhich focuses on the Birmingham campaign — the movement that showed the world the reality of segregation in America.

Many historically African-American organizations (NAACP, Urban League, Jack and Jill) including black greek-letter sororities and fraternities are sponsoring activities that are taking place in Washington, DC, not to mention the numerous neighborhood associations that have a plethora of activities planned.

For those of you that can’t participate in the many local commemorative events taking place in person, digital marches will be taking place as well. Many of these organizations including media and tech companies like The Root and Google have partnered to help make it possible for people to participate through live streaming and other digital avenues. Check out the meme below for information:

Digital activities to commemorate the March on Washington are happening online. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Digital activities to commemorate the March on Washington are happening online. (Photo Credit: Facebook)

If you cannot be in Washington, DC in person, join in the commemoration and celebration online. What events will you be participating in this weekend in DC or your hometown or online? Let The Burton Wire know in the comments section of this post or via Twitter or Facebook.

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