by John Reimann
My parents took me to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. I was 17 at the time and the memories will be with me for my lifetime. It was part of what made me what I am today….
Below is the text of the speech that John Lewis and SNCC activists originally wrote for Lewis to deliver:
We march today for jobs and freedom, but we have nothing to be proud of, for hundreds and thousands of our brothers are not here. They have no money for their transportation, for they are receiving starvation wages, or no wages at all.
In good conscience, we cannot support wholeheartedly the administration’s civil rights bill, for it is too little and too late. There’s not one thing in the bill that will protect our people from police brutality….
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