March on Washington

August 29, 2013 • Editorial

Three days before he stood atop the stairs of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered one of the most momentous speeches in the history of the Republic, Martin Luther King Jr. appeared on the NBC interview program “Meet the Press,” during which he laid out his vision for a colorblind society.

It is worth recalling the remarks the much-revered civil rights leader uttered to a national television audience in 1963 as tens of thousands of celebrants gather in the nation’s capital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Under questioning from a panel of journalists, Dr. King declared that the black population had “waited for well now 345 years for our basic constitutional and God-given rights.”
He also lamented that, 100 years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which outlawed the continued enslavement of blacks, the descendants of those whom the Great Emancipator set free remained “at the bottom of the economic ladder.”

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