San Jose Celebrates the 50th Anniversary
March on Washington
"Realize The Dream"

Jobs & Freedom

Minimum Wage, Immigration Reform & Worker Rights
Workers Right
Criminalization of Youth of Color

Saturday, August 24, 2013
Arrive by 9:00 am
March Starts at 9:30 am

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San Jose Celebrates the 50th Anniversary
of the March on Washington

Join us on Saturday, August 24th, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Historic March on Washington. Be a part of this country's history as we march for Jobs and Freedom!

People from every corner of Santa Clara County are uniting for one momentous day, rallying for a shared message of civil liberty, civil rights, and economic freedom and opportunity for all. It is empowering and encompasses the ideals of the pioneers of the 1963 March, in that we have to stand up for our future and the future of this nation by empowering ourselves and our neighbors.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

WE BELIEVE everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve the American Dream - We will be addressing today's civil rights issues, including but not limited to: racial, social and economic injustice; workers' and LGBT rights as well as Commonsense Immigration Reform, a secure job, a safe home, and a quality education. We seek to transcend our superficial differences and bring together people of all backgrounds in a common quest for equal opportunity and justice for all.

March starts at 9:30 a.m. (please arrive at 9:00 a.m. so that we can begin the march promptly at 9:30 am.) Rally Point St. James Park - St. James Street & Second Street, San Jose, CA.

Recommend Parking at 70 W. Hedding Street and riding Light Rail Service to Rally Point at St. James Park - St. James Street & Second Street and March with us to County offices. (Free Parking at in Santa Clara County Parking Lots - 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose, CA.)

We have to define our demands in order to claim our destiny….

Elizabeth Birks, President Silicon Valley African American Democratic Club
                          San Jose March On Washington Chairperson
Pastor Jethroe Moore II, President SJ/SV NAACP
Tony Alexander, Assistant to the President Political Director, UFCW 5

Keynote Speaker

Harry Edwards was born in St. Louis but grew up in East Saint Louis, Illinois. After an outstanding athletic career at East St. Louis High, he graduated in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to San Jose State University from which he graduated in 1964 with high honors. He subsequently was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and a University Fellowship to Cornell University where he completed a M.A. and a Ph. D. in sociology. He was professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley from 1970-2000.

The combination of his experiences as an athlete and his training in the discipline of sociology led Dr. Edwards to the conclusion that by the late 1960”s America had become complacent, even cynical about the issue of race in sports. He ultimately advocated a Black athlete boycott of the 1968 Olympics among other protest efforts to dramatize the racial inequities and barriers confronting Blacks in sport and society. more

How Can I Help

How Can I Help? Good question and we are glad you asked.

You can do one or more of the following:

  • Share the event flyer with all of your friends, family and associates requesting their support (attendance and help get the word out).
  • Click here to join the NAACP Facebook page and share the posting of the event with your Facebook Friends and Family.
  • Ask your pastor to make announcement (reminder every Sunday) and add the event to your church bulletin. Attendance is key.
  • Send the flyer to all organizations you’re a member requesting their support by sharing the announcement with its members and their attendance.
  • Share the website provided below with others who may be interested in learning more about the event and staying up to date.
  • Any and all donations are welcome to support the event.
Arrive at St. James Park by 9:00 am
March starts at 9:30 am
Rally point: St. James Park
(St. James Street & Second Street)
to Santa Clara County Building
70 W. Hedding Street,
James P McEntee Sr. Plaza
More Info call 1.866.391.1112
Support Letter
Event Flyer