Photographer Charisse Domingo captures the images and voices of the hundreds who gathered in San Jose on August 24, 2013 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. A diverse assembly of youth, elders, and families from all backgrounds marched in unity and hope, evidencing King’s dream is alive and present in San Jose fifty years later.
By Raj Jayadev
This August marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — that watershed moment of the civil rights era that showed how mass movement could force the nation to address issues of inequality, and change the political direction of the country. Had America not recently experienced some of the most poignant, traumatic, and racially-charged episodes in years, this march anniversary may have only been a nostalgic, obligatory, nod to the past. But a young Trayvon Martin was killed, a steady rise in deportations are breaking apart families, and prisons have become so savagely inhumane, inmates are starving themselves to death. As a result, the most captivating activists of today are not looking at the ‘60s as a history book, they are looking at it as a playbook. Continue reading