Wednesday I grabbed my camera, computer bag, laptop and crappy Blackberry and went to the March on Washington 50th Anniversary Commemoration at the Lincoln Memorial. I spent all day out there, taking pictures and listening to speeches and getting covered in bug bites. But I was glad I went. It felt nice to tie back to a historical moment I'd only seen in videos and read about in books. The mood was light. People were peaceful and happy (in spite of it raining off and on all day) and the speeches were poignant and to-the-point, many hitting on the theme of how we've come a long way (I can use whatever bathroom I want, the time my parents' grew up in is alienating and foreign feeling to me as I grew up after the end of segregation, etc.), but we still have a long way to go. Especially in the whole "Jobs" department, as many of the speakers touched on how high black unemployment is (it's still in the double digits), oft repeating the quote (I'm paraphrasing) what's the point of being able to sit at a lunch counter if you can't afford the food?
Here are some more pictures from the day: