Photo Diary: March on Washington Panel at Serengeti Gallery & Cultural Institute

This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to attend a March on Washington Photographic Exhibit and Panel Discussion at Serengeti Gallery & Cultural Institute. Besides being awestruck by the beautiful collection of paintings, mixed media, sculptures, books, and jewelry in this small family-owned gallery. It was just breathtaking.

After exploring the gallery, we sat down to discuss the March on Washington and the resounding effects of what that historic moment embodied. The March on Washington in August 28, 1963 was a march for jobs, equality, and freedom but it didn't just end on that day. The key to its success occurred when participants went back home and worked within their communities to promote change. There was this continuous and active effort from every one. That's how the improvements came about.

 Today, we honor the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's I Have a Dream speech, and the hundred and thousands of lives of those who worked and died to allow so many of the opportunities we have today. In the midst of these celebrations, we must remember that the battle is not done. We have made substantial progress in the past 50 years but new struggles have also been created. There is more to overcome and we shouldn't be lax in our efforts. We must still work within our communities to support change; not just look above to leaders to push change for us. Support the elders, push yourself to be bigger and better than anything your dreams could encapsule, support your peers, mentor and encourage the younger generation.

Never give up. Keep pushing for equality. Let not the efforts of the past be in vain.


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