Marching On: Civil Rights at 50


NOTE: This is a post from 2013 so some information and links may be outdated.

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a time to pause and reflect on how far we’ve come to advance civil rights and equality. It was also an occasion to renew our efforts to fulfill the Dream.

All of us at the Equal Justice Society were thrilled to be joined by hundreds of guests at our event on August 28 at the Oakland Museum. The performances by the Marcus Shelby Jazz Organization, the Zaccho Dance Theatre, and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre received rave reviews from the audience.

We want to again thank our sponsors, donors, artists, partners, vendors, volunteers, guests, and others for helping us produce an event to remember. Please take a look at the names of the people, organizations, companies, and law firms that supported us.

And if you didn’t get a chance to see the wonderful photos of the event taken by Paul Sakuma, you can view them here.

Our August 28 event was just the start of our “Civil Rights at 50” campaign. We already have sights on July 2, 2014, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The most sweeping civil rights legislation since Reconstruction, the Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination of all kinds based on race, color, religion, or national origin.

In the meantime, we will continue our efforts to move our “Civil Rights at 50” campaign ahead, with the help our our co-chairs, steering committee, and organizational partners.

Visit to learn more about and share civil rights lesson plans co-presented by Heyday Books and the California Teachers Association, based on Wherever There’s a Fight, the award-winning Heyday book by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi about the struggle to develop and protect rights in California.

Also, if you have not yet made a contribution to EJS, I hope that you will join our circle of esteemed financial supporters. Your gift to the Equal Justice Society makes an immediate impact – it ensures that EJS will march on with renewed vigor, so we can continue to provide high-quality programming, and advance our collective dreams for true racial equality and harmony. See the information below for details on a special offer for first-time EJS donors or click here to renew your gift online today.

Thank you for your continued solidarity!

Continued financial investment in EJS’ work is critical to our on-going success and long-term vitality. Your donation is a sign of your solidarity in our collective efforts to promote racial equality. Please consider making a first-time gift to the Equal Justice Society this fall.

As a special, opening launch to our Fall Fundraising Campaign, and as a token of our appreciation for your investment, the Equal Justice Society is offering all first-time donors a lovely EJS tote bag.

If you make a first-time gift of $75 or more to the Equal Justice Society between September 16th and December 31st, the Equal Justice Society will mail you a lovely black tote bag as a sign of our appreciation. Process your gift online today, or by mailing a check to the Equal Justice Society (1999 Harrison Street, Suite 800, Oakland, CA 94612) or by contacting us at 415-288-8704.

What better way to showcase your solidarity than by rocking a lovely EJS tote bag to the grocery store, to class or to work? The tote bag is 15″ x 14″ and made of extra-tough 600-denier Flexar canvas. Who said advancing racial equality can’t be fun and fashionable? Thank you for your support.

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