Bedford resident Ellen Scheiner invites the community to a gathering on Bedford Common on Saturday, August 28, from noon to 12:30 p.m. to help mark the 58th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic March on Washington.
August 28, 1963, was the occasion of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech,” when thousands met on the Washington Mall to protest racial injustice.
Scheiner points out that voting rights are under attack today. Since January, she says, 48 states have introduced 389 bills that suppress voting rights and seek to reinstate systemic discrimination at the ballot box. Actions such as banning ballot drop boxes and mail-in voting, reducing early voting days and hours, restricting who can get a mail-in ballot, and prohibiting officials from promoting the use of mail-in ballots for qualified voters are perpetuating voter suppression.
Cities and towns across the U.S. are marking tomorrow’s historic date with events sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center. For more information, please email Ellen Scheiner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s Note: Did any Bedford residents go to the March on Washington in that historic year? If so, we would like to hear from you ~ please email email@example.com