The A. Philip Randolph Institute to Launch 44th National Education Conference during 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington

The A. Philip Randolph Institute to Launch 44th National Education Conference during 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington

Monday, June 24, 2013

June
24, 2013 --
The A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) announced today it
will launch the 44th National Education Conference during the
50th anniversary of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  Today’s announcement came during a press
conference attended by a coalition of national civil, human, labor and faith
leaders who will be participating in the commemorative March on Washington,
scheduled for Saturday, August 24, 2013.

APRI’s President Clayola Brown said, “Our National Education Conference is being
coordinated to fully participate in commemorative events being planned for the
50th Year Commemoration of the March on Washington.   As one of the "Big Six" legacy organizations which
spearheaded the original March in 1963, the A. Philip Randolph Institute will
join major organizations to bring together diverse communities representing all
who are interested in civil, human and working rights of all Americans across
this nation.”

Before the founding of the A. Philip
Randolph Institute in 1965, A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin joined forces
to organize civil rights, human rights, faith and labor leaders and community
activists for a massive jobs-oriented protest in Washington, D.C.  At the time Randolph, the eloquent
senior statesman of the Black struggle for equality and opportunity, was
President of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and Vice President of the
AFL-CIO. Rustin was an organizer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
He was considered the chief strategist behind the
March.

The 1963 March on Washington proved to
be the largest mass protest in American history, resulting in 250,000 men and
women, young and old, from all walks of life, from every community in the nation
gathered in peaceful protest beneath the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial to
express their deepest hopes for the cause of justice, freedom and equality.  Within two years following the March on
Washington, the two most effective civil rights bills ever enacted, the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 are
passed.

Today, nearly fifty years after the
March on Washington, the movements for civil, human and workers’ rights still
dominate the national headlines. 
Working men and women are still impacted by the same evils which prevent
achieving the full benefits of the American Dream. 

The National Education Conference will
begin on August 23 and continue through August 28, 2013 for a week of forums and
training sessions to reinforce and galvanize a Workers’Agenda to demand guaranteed rights for equitable and fair
treatment in the workplace; jobs that pay a living wage; and universal
healthcare for all.  Highlights
include the Bayard Rustin Forum on Human Rights; Future of American Labor; A
Healthy Look at Obamacare; and 50 for the Future: Youth Development
Program.

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