Still Dreaming: Progress and Struggles Fifty Years After the March on Washington

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Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2013 Annual Conference

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Palm Beach, FL


On August 28, 1963, over 250,000 individuals participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. While the March on Washington is best known for Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech, the overarching aims of the event were to secure economic equality and civil rights for African-Americans. This panel will utilize the themes and aims of that historic event to reflect on the progress made in the ensuing half-century, such as the subsequent passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, to identify some of the persisting struggles of African-Americans and communities of color, and to articulate potential legal solutions to these issues, in whole or in part.