Photo Essay: 55th Anniversary of March on Washington kicks off Initiative 1000

by Susan Fried

A small crowd lead by a group of religious and community leaders marched a short distance down Rev. Dr. Samuel McKinney Avenue to Mount Zion Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 18, to celebrate the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice and to kickoff the Initiative 1000 Campaign. Initiative 1000 would repeal the effects of I-200 which was passed on 1998 and effectively ended affirmative action in Washington state.

The commemoration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington included a brief March and rally outside Mount Zion and a much larger celebration inside the church. Dinner was served and then numerous dignitaries, elected officials and church members reflected on the significance of the march and Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech 55 years ago and how much work is left to be done in 2018.

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The Mount Zion Baptist church’s The New Revelation choir performs during the commemoration of 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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An open casket representing the demise of I-200 was placed at the front of Mt. Zion church during the celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the kick-off of the I-1000 campaign. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Josephine Howell sings “Lift Every Voice and Sing” during the celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the official kickoff of the I-1000 campaign. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Eddie Rye Jr. talks about the wealth gap in the Black Community during the rally outside Mount Zion Baptist Church commemorating the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the kick-off for the I-1000 campaign. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-7th District, raises her fist in solidarity while speaking about the significance of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the importance of I-1000. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best joins hundreds of people on a short march down Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Avenue, during a celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the official kickoff of the I-1000 campaign. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Jesse Wineberry gives a eulogy for Initiative 200 and launches the campaign for I-1000. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Hayward Evans, Brotherhood Ministry President Mount Zion Baptist Church holds up a sign during a march and rally commemorating the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the official kick-off of the I-1000 campaign. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Yasmin Ravard-Anderson, musical director of the Valley and Mountain Fellowship, sings “We Shall Overcome” at the end of a celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the kickoff of the I-1000 campaign at Mount Zion Baptist Church. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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The Fem Corps band lead the march down Rev. Dr. S. McKinney Avenue, followed by a coffin representing the demise of I-200 during a celebration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the official kickoff of the I-1000 campaign. (Photo: Susan Fried)
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Members of the audience, including Washington Representatives Adam Smith and Pramila Jayapal (second and thrid from left) stand for “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” sung by Josephine Howell during the commemoration of the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington. (Photo: Susan Fried)

 


Featured Photo: A group of religious leaders, and community members link arms and march a short distance down the Rev. Dr. Samuel Mcinney Avenue to the front of Mount Zion Baptist Church to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of the March on Washington and to kick-off the I-1000 campaign. (Photo: Susan Fried)

 

 

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