Jun 24, 2013
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National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Statement Supporting the 50th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Justice and Unified Week-Long Schedule of Events
On behalf of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, we are honored to stand among these legacy organizations and other groups to commemorate the golden anniversary of the historic March on Washington by coming together for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington to call on Congress and the Administration for jobs, social justice, peace and freedom.
Over the past 50 years these groups have never left the battlefield to ensure that the vision of racial justice and equality that 1963 March On Washington organizers had for our nation including: A. Philip Randolph , James Farmer, John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr, Roy Wikins, Whitney Young, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height and others had for the nation.
We are proud of our contribution to the movement. In response to the low voter turnout in the Black community, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation was formed in 1976 to increase Black voter participation. The National Coalition established the Black Women’s Roundtable in 1983 to support Black women leaders and increase participation among Black women. And, in 1996 Black Youth Vote was established to develop young leaders and increase voter participation among Black youth.
Black youth broke records in 2004, 2008 and 2012. Black people out-voted Whites in 2012 and Black women voted at a higher rate than every other demographic. The Black vote played a significant role in electing and reelecting the first Black president of the United States of America, President Barack Obama. Yes, we are proud of what our leaders started here in Washington, DC and honored to stand with the people and organization’s that continue working diligently every day striving to make the dream a reality.
Our work is not done. That’s why we have come together to create a unified, week-long 50th Anniversary celebration, training and learning experience that our civil rights elders and ancestors would be proud of.
The 50th Anniversary Commemoration week will kick-off Thursday August 22 at the A. Philip Randolph Institute 50th Anniversary March on Washington Conference. In addition to the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Saturday, other activities during the week include: an intergenerational dialogue woman leaders led by NCBCP/Black Women’s Roundtable and National Action Network; Black Youth Vote! Civic Leadership and Organizing Training; SCLC Town Hall Meeting; National Urban League 50th Anniversary Redeem the Dream National Summit; and a Global Freedom Festival led by the National Park Service and The King Center.