Atlanta Union Members March on Washington

Laborers Board Buses to Demand Workers’ Rights

8/22/2013, 11:41 a.m.
Fifty years ago the march was for jobs and freedom, 50 years later the march will focus on the same vein.

ATLANTA ─ Members of AFSCME Local 3 will travel to Washington, D.C. to join thousands for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. In 1963, it was prominent labor leader A. Philip Randolph and the AFL-CIO that helped organize the March on Washington on August 28, along with groups of civil rights and religious organizations. More than 250,000 people traveled to Washington for what is considered the largest civil rights demonstration in history.

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech. A speech designed to pressure the Kennedy administration to move a much-needed federal civil rights bill through Congress. Fifty years ago the march was for jobs and freedom, 50 years later the march will focus on the same vein.

AFSCME Local 3 members will leave for Washington on Thursday, August 22nd at 10 PM from for the 10-hour ride to Washington. Media interested in their departure should contact Helen Cox at 404-432-5540.

WHEN: Thursday, August 22 at 9:30 PM

WHERE: Liberty International Church Door of Hope Ministry, 1362 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta GA 30310

WHO: 70 community members including AFSCME Local 3 members and young people will be leaving on the bus for Washington, DC. Below are the people speaking at the kick-off.

• Bishop Greg Fann is the Executive Director of AFSCME Local 3 and the former Associate Minister under Rev. Abernathy. He currently is the Senior Pastor at Liberty International Church.

• Reverend Albert E. Love is the senior pastor of Boat Rock Ministries. He was one of the first aides to Congressman John Lewis and was on staff for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

• John Evans is the President of the Dekalb County NAACP.

• Christian Hill works with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He’s currently spearheading an oral history project which is recording over 200 civil rights leaders’ stories.