Tens of Thousands Gather in D.C. for 50th Anniversary March on Washington

On Saturday thousands marched to the Martin Luther King memorial and down the National Mall to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

But it was more than a trip down memory lane; the event was also meant to galvanize a new generation to take action to make a better world for all marginalized and oppressed communities.

Remarks from Rep. John Lewis – a featured speaker at the original March on Washington – spoke directly to this continued struggled for justice and equality.

Some Black Clergy Reportedly Uncomfortable w/ LGBT Movement Sharing Mantle at March on Washington

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, more details have been emerging about who will be in attendance to commemorate the day Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Of course, such events, as large as they are, are not without some conflict and controversy.

According to the Washington Post, there are reports that some members of the black clergy are at odds about the large LGBT presence at this weekend’s celebration:

Miami Artist Huong Unveils Powerful Trayvon Martin Mural

Miami artist and peace activist Huong unveiled her latest work, a mural dedicated to the memory of Trayvon Martin.

Entitled “We Are All Trayvon Martin,” the piece features a man resembling George Zimmerman firing a weapon at a hooded figure; the hooded figure’s face has been replaced with a mirror. To the upper left of the hooded figure is a bust of Martin Luther King Jr’s splattered with blood.

Huong released the mural in solidarity with the Dream Defenders.

President Obama Will Speak at March on Washington Anniversary Ceremony

President Obama is slated to speak at the upcoming ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

The ceremony goes down on August 28th at the Lincoln Memorial.

From the Huffington Post:

Obama’s speech will come 50 years to the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led approximately 250,000 to the National Mall in a march for jobs and freedom.

45 Years Ago Today, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was Assassinated

45 years ago today, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN.

King had gone to Memphis to show support for the black sanitary employees who were striking for fairer wages.

The night before, King had delivered his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech.

Watch that seminal speech below:

Cornell West: Obama Doesn’t Deserve To Be Sworn In With MLK’s Bible

Dr. Cornell West has been among the most vocal critics of President Obama.

As Monday’s inauguration approached, Dr. West upped the ante, asserting that the President did not deserve to be sworn in with Dr. King’s bible.

Dr. West believes that that invoking Dr. King’s legacy during the inauguration was pure political calculation, since Dr. King would probably disagree with much of Obama’s foreign and domestic policy.