may bell of freedom ring

The words suddenly had deeper meaning as Peter, Paul and Mary looked out on the crowd stretching before them on the National Mall in Washington, Aug. 28, 1963.

Peter, Paul and Mary, Aug. 28, 1963, March for Jobs and Freedom, Washington.

Peter, Paul and Mary, Aug. 28, 1963, March for Jobs and Freedom, Washington.

The folk group’s performance of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In the Wind” and Pete Seeger’s and Lee Hays’ “If I Had a Hammer” became etched into the musical anthology of the Civil Rights Movement and the 1960s. May that “Bell of Freedom” continue to peal around the world.

Photo: Rowland Scherman, National Archives and Records Administration.

March for Jobs and Freedom still relevant

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Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, in a Crowd.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Mathew Ahmann, Executive Director of the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice, in a crowd.

The sign calling for “Full Employment,” displayed during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Aug. 28, 1963, is sadly, still relevant.

Photo: Rowland Scherman, National Archives and Records Administration.

Visit the “Documented Rights” exhibit at the National Archives and Records Administration: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/documented-rights/

Freedom is never a final fact

Justice is never given, it is exacted and the struggle must be continuous for freedom is never a final fact, but a continuing evolving process to higher and higher levels of human, social, economic, political and religious relationship. — A. Philip Randolph

A. Philip Randolph headed the Civil Rights March on Washington at which Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream Speech,” Aug. 28, 1963.
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Photo of A. Philip Randolph from John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Difference enriches

“He who is different from me does not impoverish me – he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves — in Man … For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Good within

May there be, in our time, at long last, a world at peace in which we, the people, may for once begin to make full use of the great good that is in us. — Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize recipient

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Photo: Wikipedia; Ralph Bunche at Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington.

Peace in the world

Wishing everyone days filled with peace and harmony. Wherever you may journey, may God watch over your steps and keep you safe. — Tanya Goodman

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If there is to be peace in the world,
There must be peace in the nations.

If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.

If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.

If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.

If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

— Lao Tzu