Urban League Hosting “Drum Majors for Justice”

Celebration honors ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech

8/16/2013, 6 a.m.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fifty years ago, Whitney M. Young Jr., president of the National Urban League from 1961-71, worked alongside his fellow civil rights, social justice and labor movement leaders to organize the March on Washington, where 300,000 people gathered to demand jobs and freedom. To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the National Urban League, led by Marc H. Morial and the Memorial Foundation, led by Harry E. Johnson, are hosting the Drum Majors for Justice Celebration in Washington, D.C. on Friday, August 23. The Urban League will also host a Pre-March Rally on Saturday, August 24.


“Redeem the Dream Summit”

Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW – Independence Ballroom

Doors Open at 8:30AM – Open to the Public


“We Shall Not Be Moved: A Watershed Moment for a Movement”

▪ A stellar line-up of civil rights legends and national leaders will look back on a day that brought more than 300,000 people together to hear leaders from the “Big 6” address a nation at a crossroads.


“The Next 50 Years: Freedom Forward” Panel Discussion

▪ Contemporary movement leaders will discuss the legacy of the March on Washington in the new era of civil rights – with its unprecedented challenges to hard fought victories in affirmative action and voting rights.

2:00-4:00PM (Freedom Plaza, 14t Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW)

“Drum Majors for Justice Future Leaders Celebration”

▪ Celebrating young people as leaders in their own communities, this symbolic event will captivate the hearts and minds of young adults and encourage them to take up the mantle and step into their roles as Drum Majors for Justice. The event will also feature marching bands from local colleges and universities.


5:30-7:30AM (Independence Ballroom, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW)

“Urban League Pre-March Rally”

▪ Urban League leaders, partners, friends and supporters will gather for a brief program, rally and sign-making session, before heading down to the Lincoln Memorial for the 50th Anniversary March on Washington Realize the Dream March & Rally. For more information, visit http://drummajorsforjustice.com/ or www.nul.org.