50th anniversary of march on washington

We’re too celebratory of civil rights these days. We have these 50th anniversaries and everyone is happy and everybody is celebrating. Nobody is talking about the hardship.

It’s almost as if the civil rights movement was this three-day event: On Day 1, Rosa Parks didn’t give up her seat on the bus. On Day 2, [the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.] led a march on Washington. And on the third day, we signed all of these laws. And if you think about that history in that way, you minimize the trauma, the damage, the divides that were created. You can’t segregate and humiliate people decade after decade without creating long-lasting injuries.


Bryan Stevenson 

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Sanders recorded this video for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. It covers his work against segregation in Chicago and the south, and the fact that he participated in the March on Washington where the speech was delivered.

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Julian Bond

Please join HRC in sending your support, positive thoughts, and kind words in memory of civil rights leader and long-time LGBT ally Julian Bond, who passed away this weekend at the age of 75.

In addition to his lifetime of work within and on behalf of the African American civil rights movement, Bond was a passionate and stalwart supporter of the equal rights of LGBT Americans.

In 2011, Bond highlighted his support of marriage equality through a video for HRC’s Americans for Marriage Equality and joined HRC in 2015 at the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges. In 2013, he wrote “LGBT rights are human rights” in a blog post on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.

Throughout the first half of this year, Bond wrote multiple opinion pieces in support of LGBT equality, including those that highlighted the need for equal treatment in the South, against anti-LGBT religious refusal legislation in state legislatures, and in strong support of comprehensive, federal LGBT non-discrimination protections.

Bond also delivered impassioned speeches at HRC’s Gala Dinner in Los Angeles in 2009 and again at HRC’s National Dinner in 2013.