WASHINGTON (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton says plans to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington will not be just a “nostalgia visit” to the civil rights golden era.
Sharpton says the August commemoration will be a continuation of the civil rights struggle, given current threats to advances that have been achieved since that 1963 march, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Sharpton, along with King’s son Martin Luther King III and several other activists, on Monday discussed the planned celebration with reporters in Washington when news came of the Supreme Court’s decision in a Texas affirmative action case. The court also is considering a challenge to the Voting Rights Act.