Karachiite students watch 1963 Washington march

August 26, 2013 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Today, local students from Karachi joined virtually with thousands of students from around the world to watch a documentary about the 1963 civil rights march on Washington.

The screening, hosted at the US Consulate General in Karachi, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The famous civil rights march, held on August 28, 1963, featured Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and energized the civil rights struggle in the United States.

Speaking about the screening, Consul General Michael Dodman said, “Dr Martin Luther King called the March on Washington ‘the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.’ We are happy to have Pakistani young people with us today to commemorate this important event and to reflect on the values of freedom and equality championed by Dr. King and the American civil rights movement.”

The documentary screening was part of a global viewing party presented from Washington by John Robinson, Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of State, and Courtland Cox, March on Washington organizer and civil rights activist.

Following opening remarks and presentation of the documentary, “The March,” organizers conducted a virtual discussion with Washington, DC-based civil rights experts who answered questions and comments submitted online before and during the program.