Asian Americans Join the 50th Anniversary March on WashingtonAugust 26, 2013 12:07 PM
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 march.
LISTEN TO THE AALDEF PODCAST FROM THE MARCH.
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.
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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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For Emil's take on President Obama's August 28 speech at the Lincoln Memorial, read Asian Americans Not Forgotten by Obama 50 Years After March on Washington.