Asian Americans Join the 50th Anniversary March on Washington
As the speeches ended, Asian Americans were at the start of the 50th anniversary
of the March on Washington.
I was in front of the march banner and took this photo. I could see Rev. Al
Sharpton and Rep. John Lewis. For a brief moment, they held the pose and then it
began–a massive non-stop flow of humanity demanding civil rights and justice,
emanating from in front of the Lincoln Memorial and onto Independence Avenue.I
stood like a tree but knew I would get run over, as I was facing the march and
it was coming right at me. So I danced through it to the open spaces until I was
saw some Asian Americans and started marching with them. It was Todd Endo and
the folks from NCAPA, the first large group of Asian Americans I saw at the
Endo was a young Oberlin College student when he marched in 1963. Now an Asian
American activist, Endo held up a picture of the original Asian American
marchers with the Japanese American Citizens League.
As we marched down Independence Avenue, I talked with Endo on this exclusive
podcast, about how things had changed and how the march
gives him optimism for the future.
MORE PHOTOS FROM THE 50th ANNIVERSARY MARCH ON WASHINGTON:
Tam Duong, 26, a student at the Harvard School of Public Health, said she was
marching because health care will be an important issue for people of color the
next 50 years.
A gay couple marching for marriage equality: Jonas Sirgar and Wayne Sunday
ILAW and Gabriela Network, based in the DC area, call for immigrant rights and
an end to human trafficking.
Jon Melegrito of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations was
marching with the NCAPA contingent.
Anthony Garces, 41, a teacher, with his 4-year-old son Eli on his shoulders,
marches for a hopeful future.
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