On August 28, 1963, at approximately 3:00 pm, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began delivering his now famous “I Have a Dream” speech. August 28, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the great March on Washington. But 50 years later many aspects of Doctor King’s dream allude us. If nothing else, the Trayvon Martin slaying reminds us of that.
Violence is worse now in many places than it was 50 years ago. The so-called “Stand Your Ground” laws in Florida and other states fuel this violence. We must do something about it. Begin — on August 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm — by making a pledge to not engage in any violent conduct for 63 minutes. You don’t need to be in Washington to do this. You can lead your friends, family and community in this observance wherever you are. Or you can come to DC and join thousands of others in what must be, above all, a peaceful protest to change public policies in the US to help achieve equal justice for all.