At a Sept. 12 press conference, leaders of the SCLC announced that representatives from the King Center and other civil right groups will join them in a motorcade from Birmingham beginning on Aug. 22, 2013. Atlanta, Monroe, Ga., and Virginia will be stops along the way to the nation’s capitol where the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.
On Aug. 24, 2013, the group will have a rally and march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. SCLC President Dr. C.T. Vivian said the event will focus on jobs, freedom and poverty, which King focused on in his 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech.
“Its interesting that we can come back around that time when 50 years later we would be talking about jobs as well as freedom,” Vivian said. “We’re going to celebrate not only the 50 years that we have gone through, but the 100 of years that made it possible for black America to produce a Martin King as well.”
During the event, the group will call for the closing of the 1946 Moore’s Ford Bridge lynching case. On July 25, 1946 in Monroe, Ga., a group of armed men pulled two black couples out of a farmer's car, tied them to trees and shot them to death.
State Rep. Tyrone Brooks said deliver a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to close out the case.
“It was the last public lynching and its time to close it out and move in on those suspects that are still living,” Brooks said.
After the event, Brooks said they will come back in the community to do the work of King.
“Focus on poverty, homelessness and doing the golden empowerment work we do everyday,” he said.
For more information on the march and rally, call 404-254-8322.