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POLITICAL Awareness & Involvement The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington by Bernadine Williams Stallings Past leadership and the Executive Committee of Delta Sigma Theta stand with members on the National Mall while attending the 50th Anniversary March on Washington. PICTURED (CENTER LEFT TO RIGHT): Rev. Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, 22nd National President; Terri Rivalte, na-tional treasurer; Brittani Blackwell, national second vice president; Dr. Paulette Walker, National President; Beverly Smith, national first vice president; Cheryl Hickmon, national secretary. Photo by Allonease Readdy Although 2013 was a momen-tous time in the history of Del-ta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the 100-year-old organization shared the eventful year with other signifi-cant moments in Black History. Two thousand thirteen marked not only the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery in this coun-try, but it also marked the 50th anni-versary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom held at the Lin-coln Memorial Aug. 28, 1963. Fast forward to the morning of Au-gust 24, 2013, as tens of thousands of people gathered once again along the National Mall to not only commemo-rate the massive march organized in the District of Columbia 50 years ago by the “Big Six,” – John Lewis, Whit-ney Young, A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., James Farmer, Roy Innis – but also to reignite the continued fight concerning issues such as jobs, voting rights, worker’s rights, criminal justice issues, wom-en’s rights that remain a plague in the U.S. even in the 21st century. Coordinated by Reverend Al Sharpton, president and founder of National Action Network, and Mar-tin Luther King, III, the eldest son of Coretta and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and president of Realizing the Dream, the National Action to Real-ize the Dream March of 2013 became more than a celebration, but a con-tinuation of the efforts initiated 50 years ago. s71 DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY, INC. JOURNAL Spring 2014 s71


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