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Keeping the Dream Alive: The Next 50 Years

Posted by Admin On September - 16 - 2013
Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO of the National Urban League

With the world watching, the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was an undeniable success. The tribute brought together a multitude of tens of thousands of people from across the nation in commemoration of our progress, but also with a focus on our future.

On August 23, during our Redeem the Dream Summit in Washington, DC, a coalition of civil rights, social justice, labor, business and community leaders – African American Leaders Convening (AALC) – announced the release of the 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom. This domestic policy agenda articulates a vision for national priorities that can – and must – drive economic recovery and rebirth for African-Americans, urban communities and all low-income and working-class Americans.The 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom lays out five urgent domestic goals for the nation:  1) Achieve Economic Parity for African-Americans; 2) Promote Equity in Educational Opportunity; 3) Protect and Defend Voting Rights; 4) Promote a Healthier Nation by Eliminating Healthcare Disparities; and 5) Achieve Comprehensive Criminal Justice System Reform.

Led by the National Urban League; Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and President of the National Action Network; Benjamin Jealous, President & CEO of the NAACP; and Melanie Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the AALC crafted this agenda to begin the next significant phase in our nation’s history to bring African Americans and others closer to opportunity and economic parity. The result of meetings which began in December 2012, the agenda will serve as the strategy and “action plan” that will help ensure that we meaningfully confront the most pressing civil rights, social justice and economic inequality challenges of our time. Otherwise, we jeopardize our ability and potential as a nation to fully live up to our ideals of equality and democracy.

We cannot move forward only in commemoration. Our commitment is to continuation. While the celebration has officially ended, the next phase of our work has already begun.

» Highlights from the 50th Anniversary March on Washington/ Drum Majors for Justice Celebration

» MSNBC Video and Transcript of Marc Morial Speeches

Photo Caption: Marc Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League

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