60 Years Later, Why We Still March

Black college students gather at the Lincoln Memorial. (Photo: Alyssa Mark/HUNewsService.com)

By Alyssa Mark and Ebenezer Nkunda

Howard University News Service

Marchers gather at the statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo: Alyssa Mark/HUNewsService.com)

From all corners of the nation, thousands of Americans of different backgrounds and generations converged on the hallowed grounds of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, Aug. 26, to honor and continue the March on Washington. United by a shared desire for change,  each face told a unique story — a story of political engagement, economic struggle, social advocacy and environmental concern. It was a microcosm of the nation’s complexities, a vibrant tapestry where the common threads of hope and resilience bound them together.

This display of activism, echoing the ideals set forth by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. six decades ago, served as a poignant reminder of the importance of continuing to march — much in the same way as King did in the historic gathering on Aug. 28, 1963. The Civil Rights leader’s dream of a just and equitable society remains unfulfilled, and while progress has been made, the journey is far from over. The events that unfolded on this day underscored that the road to justice is long and winding, but each step taken by the marchers reflects a determination to honor King’s legacy.

Each page of this photo essay captures a variety of individuals and organizations that attended the march and their reasons for doing so.