MIAMI — The Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP reported that enough people have signed up for a trip to the 50th anniversary observances of the March on Washington to make possible the chartering of a bus for the journey.
The bus will leave at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Aug., 23, from New Way Fellowship Baptist Church, 16800 N.W. 22nd Ave., Miami Gardens, and return after the march.
Those who cannot make the trip will have at least two opportunities to celebrate the historic milestone.Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime announced he is joining with the A. Philip Randolph Institute Miami-Dade chapter and the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church to organize a special “Pre-March on Miami,” from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.
And a group of organizations will hold a “March & Peace Rally for Jobs-Freedom & Justice” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in West Palm Beach.
The “Pre-March on Miami” will begin at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, 2330 N.W. 93rd St. in North Central Miami-Dade County, and travel east to 22nd Avenue, south to 87th Street, west to 23rd Avenue and north to 93rd Street.
The march will end with a special church service at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church at 11 a.m. “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom galvanized the nation to expand civil rights to everyone, regardless of race, creed or national origin. The 1963 march and its call for equal rights resonate today with renewed urgency,” Monestime said.
“I urge everyone to participate in our local ‘Pre-March on Miami’ and renew our commitment to the fight for justice and equal rights in the 21st century,” he said.
The Palm Beach County march will assemble between 3 and 3:30 p.m. at Northwood Road and Broadway and proceed to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.
The keynote speaker will be Henry Crespo Sr., president of the Democratic Black Caucus of Florida. The event will feature a musical tribute for King and Nelson Mandela by Uhuru Baba & Motown in Motion. Organizations listed to participate as of Tuesday included the Martin Luther King Coordinating Committee, the Democratic Black Caucus Florida Palm Beach County Chapter, the Together We Stand Democratic Club, AWAKE of Palm Beach County, Progressive Occupy of Palm Beach County, Move On.org, the NAACP and the SEIU.
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