50 Years Later: March on Washington

On August 28, 1963, over 250,000 people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to advocate for jobs and freedom. While the speakers at the March were household names, many more men and women made sacrifices and led movements which contributed to our civil rights gains. Zeta member Clara Luper led the 1958 Oklahoma City Sit-In Movement, and in 1956 Zeta member Autherine Lucy was the first Black to attend the University of Alabama.

Fifty years later, Zetas are still advocating for all people. On August 24, 2013, International President Mary B. Wright led Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Hundreds of of Zetas joined our brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and tens and thousands of people at the event sponsored by the National Action Network.

The evening before the March, President Wright joined civil rights leader Representative John Lewis (D-GA) on a panel discussion hosted by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., where she discussed the importance of involving, supporting and encouraging our youth; providing scholarships and grants; energizing our communities; collaboration; and learning our history in order to move forward as a community.

Zeta was proud to participate in the anniversary March activities to reflect on our progress as a nation, and discuss how we can continue to collaborate with our partners for jobs, education, and health care, fulfilling the dream that Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about in his historic speech.

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