It seems every time I start to write about ways we can all become involved, I have to struggle with what to say and where to direct you. One reason is that I know that it’s much easier to talk about doing something than doing it. It’s easy to talk, much harder to “put your money where your mouth is.” Sometimes the issues seem so big and we seem so small that we don’t know where to begin putting our figurative money, so we just keep on not doing. We find ourselves thinking “What can I do, I”m just one person?” and so we don’t try.
It’s easy to write about what’s wrong with our society, much harder to take the time to become involved in making real change happen. It’s easier to give a few bucks to a homeless person than it is to demand that local authorities make low cost housing a priority. It’s easier to go down to help with the food pantry’s weekly food distribution than it is to demand that government increase minimum wages so that people who work full time will not still be poor. It’s easier to be involved with an post-prison support program than it is to demand that the state provide more support for at-risk children when they are young in order to help keep them out of prison.
It seems to me like that’s what I’ve been doing with this blog–writing and talking, but not getting anything done. The regular routines of life seem to demand my attention away from doing even this small thing. And this week is a prime example. I’ve been busy with my son and his wife and children and their cousins who are all in town for just a little while longer (not long enough) , as well as preparing for a party I’m hosting for my good friend of 34 years (my, how time flies!), Deborah Clark, to celebrate her retirement and her birthday. So now I’m a day late, and I feel like a dollar short, in getting this post out. I apologize for that.
But I have been thinking mainly about one thing we can do that I believe can make a difference; one thing that I surely hope as many of you as are able will try your best to join me in doing. I really hope you will find a way to attend the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington.
What better time to march on our nation’s capitol than now, when civil rights are again under assault? What better time to honor the legacy of Dr. King than now, when the color of our children’s skin is still a determining factor in whether they can be shot and killed without punishment? What better time to March on Washington than now, when we have our first Black President who is working so hard to help the poor and middle class with things like health care, job creation and funds for preschool, yet who must operate under such unprecedented assault by some members of Congress?
I can’t think of a better time than now for those of us who stand with our president and for civil rights and justice to gather in numbers in our nation’s capitol. And numbers do matter. Having large numbers of people attending can make this event historic. Having large numbers of people of all colors, all faiths, all walks of life who come here to march because they want this country to be even better than it is would make a important statement not only to those in our deadlocked Congress but to the world as well. Every one of you is needed for such a time as this!
So here’s some information to help you do this: For the official sight for the anniversary March, click here, where you can register to attend. You will see that activities are planned for the week of August 21 through the 28th, the day of the commemorative march. Some of the many interesting activities taking place during that week include a “Global Freedom Festival” on the Mall (Between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol Building) during the week, a march for jobs and justice on Saturday the 24th, a praise and worship service on Wednesday the 21st, and other training conferences and roundtable discussions. The groups leading these efforts are The King Center and The Coalition for Jobs, Justice and Freedom (National Council of Negro Women, SCLC, National Urban League, National Coalition of Black Civic Participation, National Action Network, National Council of Churches, Children’s Defense Fund).
More information can be found on the website of the National Action Network (Rev. Al Sharpton’s organization), on this website created by the Center for the Study of Civil and Human Rights Laws, and another one here, as well.
For my family and friends who do not live in DC, we have a couple of extra beds here at the house–let us know if you want to stay with us–first come, first serve!. For my friends who live in the DC area, please, please, please invite your friends and family to join you here!
This is something we can do, now. And by doing it, we’ll find our voice to speak truth to power in unity with others. We’ll hopefully become energized to break away from our routines and sacrifice some of the time God has blessed us with to make a difference in this world. Maybe we’ll find an organization or group to join and stay involved with after the march is over. This is one way each of us can put our money where our mouth is.
I hope you’ll try your best to come. If your first response is to say to yourself “but I can’t because….”, I hope you’ll think again. But if you really can’t, there will always be other things you can do……
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