This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. The March is widely credited for helping to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
There will be a pair of March on Washington events in the Twin Cities on Saturday, August 24th.
In North Minneapolis, a commemorative march has been planned at 11:30 am starting at the Cub Foods parking lot at 701 Broadway and at the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers at 67 8th Avenue North East, converging on the Minneapolis Urban League offices at Penn and Plymouth for a rally at 12:45.
In South Minneapolis, There will be a march from the Sabathani Center at 310 38th Street to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, starting at 11 am. Festivities at the park will begin at 12:30 with speeches, music, food and family activities.
Among the 250,000 people who joined the original march for jobs and freedom were at least 58 Minnesotans.
Three members of the Minnesota contingent recently visited KFAI to share their memories.
Dr. Josie Johnon, Reverend Rollie Robinson and Max Fallek talked with producer Susan Gray and intern Ahmad Aly.