Saturday, August 24, 2013

The American Prospect's Harold Meyerson: The Socialist Roots of the 1963 March on Washington


Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect provides a fascinating chronicle of the role of American socialists Michael Harrington, Rachelle Horowitz, Tom Kahn, and Bayard Rustin in bringing about the 1963 March on Washington, a massive civil rights rally capped off by Martin Luther King's iconic I Have a Dream speech.

The article is linked below.

The American Prospect's Harold Meyerson: Socialists and the March on Washington

"When [Michael] Harrington suggested that Horowitz and Kahn go help out [Bayard] Rustin, whom they’d not met before, he was organizing a national support network for the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which had begun just a few weeks earlier.
This was the genesis of the network of democratic socialists who seven years later were to conceive, organize, and set the themes for the March on Washington."

---Harold Meyerson, The American Prospect 

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