We’re coming up on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and I’ll write something, as thousands of others will do. But I happened to see this, from Slate’s archives file and thought it would be a good reminder of what African-Americans and those who joined the civil rights movement to try to help them win their freedom endured.
The March grew out of the energy built up by mass demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, earlier in the year. It was a transcendent moment, but the struggle and violence continued (and, to some extent, continues). Three weeks after the March, for example, Addie May Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Carole Robertson, all aged 14, and Denise McNair, 11, were murdered by a bomb planted at the 16th Street Baptist Church, in Birmingham, as they were getting ready for services. Twenty-two others were wounded.