We will be joining our brothers and sisters of the New England Area Conference (along with the NAACP all across out nation) in Washington DC this August 24th to celebrate the 50th Year Anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech and to demand that Congress restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
We learned at the NAACP National Convention that the planned 50th Celebration of the March on Washington, where Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech, will have a new and urgent purpose. The NAACP is part of a group of organizations which is planning to combine the 50th Year Celebration with an imperative that Congress restore the full strength of the Voting Rights Act. It is felt that no civil rights legislation has been as important as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and as reauthorized in 2006. Extending the full power of the right to vote has been the leverage point for all subsequent civil rights legislation. The Supreme Court’s decision to strike Sec. IV must now be rectified by Congress. We will now have a Mass Rally, demanding that Congress act without delay.
Even though the actual day of the 1963 March was on August 28th.the planned Rally will take place on Saturday, August 244, 2013 in Washington, DC. NEAC will join other State Conferences and arrange for several busses to journey to Washington for the Rally. We ask that you immediately communicate with the members of your Branch or organization about the Rally and urge their participation.
Trip Planning Underway
Within a few days, we will be able to provide a cost for the trip, but because time is so short, we ask that you communicate the yet to be defined plans so that potential participants can begin their planning. We expect that there will be several buses leaving from Massachusetts and New Hampshire — possibly one or several from the western part of MA, several from the greater Boston area, one from eastern MA, and one from NH. Of course, the actual number of busses will be determined by the demand. As was the case with the trip to Washington to observe the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Memorial, this will be a trip down, leaving the evening of Aug. 23rd, participation in the Rally on Aug. 24th, and return late afternoon on Aug.24th.
Please spread the word broadly so that our area sends significant numbers. Again, this is no longer just a commemorative Rally, but a Rally to demand that Congress restores the Voting Rights Act.