Over a dozen JRF Scholars, Alumni and friends of the Foundation came together on Saturday, August 24th to march in the footsteps of the Robinson family who, 50 years ago, took part in the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. “The (1963) March on Washington was my brothers’ and my introduction to the Civil Rights movement, said Sharon Robinson, JRF Vice-chair and daughter of the famed baseball icon and civil rights leader. “That’s why the 50th anniversary means a great deal to me. It not only changed America but it changed my family.”
The 50th year event drew tens of thousands of people who gathered on the National Mall under the bright blue skies. There were speeches from those who returned to the Lincoln Memorial after a half century and from the many who were not yet born when the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream of achieving racial equality.
Organizers said the August 24th and the August 28th commemorations were a time to reflect on the legacy of racial progress since 1963 and an opportunity to look ahead at what has been left undone. “What a beautiful day to celebrate the contributions of great Americans who shaped the course of our nation,” said JRF alumna and Mid-Atlantic Region Scholar Advisory Committee Chair Kendra Gaither, who helped organize the JRF “Meet Up”.
Special Coverage-Time Capsule: The Robinsons and the March on Washington 1963
pictured above: l-r:JRF Scholar Allegra Mosley, JRFAA Coordinator Lauren Underwood, JRF Mid-Atlantic Region Chair Kendra Gaither, JRF Alums Anne Bloomfield, Rayshon Payton, Stephanie Marshall-Horry and Ray Nelson