Sixty years ago this month, 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were pivotal in orchestrating the monumental March on Washington, which attracted widespread attention as a key event in the fight for civil rights and highlighting religious organizations’ role in the Civil Rights Movement.  

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

More than a quarter million people joined the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963 to fight against racism, housing discrimination and police brutality.

As we continue our “Black Church in Detroit” series, “American Black Journal” delves into the contemporary significance of civil rights, the impact of the march, and the current state of civil rights. Rev. Charles Williams II, senior pastor of Historic King Solomon Missionary Baptist Church and a distinguished figure in the Black church and civil rights arenas, shares his perspectives with host Stephen Henderson on the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington and the present-day state of civil rights advocacy.  

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Plus, Rev. Williams underscores the role of the Black church in the ongoing struggle for democracy, social justice and equality, and talks about the issues that are still negatively impacting African Americans today, such as voting rights and police brutality. 

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