Do you Have a Dream? Anniversary will be time to march again

The scene in front of the Lincoln Memorial 49 years ago. Time for another mass protest to remind the Establishment of its duties to equalities, says Lester Holloway

Tomorrow, August 28, marks the 49th anniversary of the march on Washington DC and Martin Luther King’s I Have A Dream speech delivered from the Lincoln Memorial to 200,000 followers.

Lester Holloway, a leading councillor on the LibDem-controlled Sutton Council, has written about Dr King, and his influence on Britain today, on his own blog. He anticipates a large march in the capital to mark the 50th anniversary next year and writes:

“It will be a recognition that we only got half-way up that mountain with civil rights legislation but have gradually slid back down again ever since, on both sides of the Atlantic. That we are demanding to put race equality back on the political agenda and are prepared to galvanise ourselves to mount a fresh assault on the peak of that mountain.

“I hope there will be a big enough crowd to show we, the people, mean business. Black and white, old and young, straight or gay.

“The Occupy Movement, representing the 99 per cent, have shown they will sit down and will not be moved. But power and corruption were still unmoved, from the Libor bank rates scandal to the web connecting Murdoch’s Empire to David Cameron’s. Surely now, as well as sitting down for the 99 per cent, we also need to stand up and march?”

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