50 Years Since the March on Washington

I_Have_A_Dream_Martin_Luther_King_freecomputerdesktopwallpaper_1600-600x450Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s now-famous, “I Have a Dream” speech.

I have blogged before on Dr. King as a modern-day prophet and the involvement of many Jews in the Civil Rights struggle – the most famous of whom was Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel – a close friend of Dr. King. The speaker just before Dr. King was then-President of the American Jewish Congress, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, and another rabbi, Uri Miller, gave a prayer earlier in the program.

It’s important that fifty-years later we do not forget the power of Dr. King’s message, the purpose of the march, or the dream for which he strove. In a world where injustice in all its forms (including slavery) continues … we must be the ones to speak out. Each one of us has an obligation to continue the struggle for freedom and justice for all.

On this 50th anniversary I encourage you to take a moment out of your day and watch the full speech HERE. I also hope you will be moved to act. For there is still much to be done in the world around us.

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Simchat Yisrael Messianic Synagogue in West Haven, CT, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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2 Responses to 50 Years Since the March on Washington

  1. James says:

    I work about a ten minute walk from the local library and often go their to read over lunch. There’s monument to Anne Frank next to the library and today, right at noon, I saw a small gathering of people listening to speakers who have come together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s famous speech.

    I wasn’t able to stay, but I found that 50 years down the timeline from Dr. King’s dream, it has yet to come to complete fruition and yet, it continues to resonate strongly in the minds, hearts, and spirits of people all over the world, including those who had not yet been born when the Washington D.C. march took place…

    …even here in Boise, Idaho.

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