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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.