MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN
"I would never not have gone to the March on Washington which was the coming together of people from across the country to say we want freedom."
The civil rights movement had been bubbling up and many of us had gone to jail but this was bringing a whole community together across race and class and a show of unity and a message to the Kennedy administration that civil rights legislation was absolutely essential. And then Dr. King electrified us by embodying our dream and laying out what it was about. this big big massive demonstration and so it was just a collective gathering of people seeking justice and jobs and it was one of the great day's of our lives. And of our nation's life."
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