Minnesota Commemorates 50th Anniversary of March On Washington

St. Paul, Minn. – On Wednesday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. Congressman Keith Ellison will join local leaders and groups in a march to the Minnesota State Capitol to commemorate and celebrate the historic March On Washington which occurred 50 years ago on August 28, 1963.


As citizens across the country converge on our nation’s capital, here in Minnesota, social and economic justice groups will come together to commemorate the March and to continue the fight for jobs, freedom and justice. Today, disparities in education, employment, and wages; a fair pathway to citizenship for all immigrants; and a justice system that protects all its citizens are at the forefront of realizing Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a just society. The minimum wage, adjusted for inflation, was $9.45 in 1963. Today, it’s $7.25 nationally and $6.15 in Minnesota.


Congressman Ellison will lead the march starting at Boyd Park in St. Paul at 11:00. The march will follow John Ireland Boulevard, ending at the Minnesota State Capitol South Mall near the War Memorials where Congressman Ellison will kick off a program around noon.


The commemoration is being organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) African-American caucus, AFRAM Minnesota Chapter.



Minnesota Commemoration: 50th Anniversary of March On Washington



Wednesday, August 28

11:00 a.m. – March Begins

12:00 p.m. – Program Begins

(Congressman Ellison will speak at top of program; the reading of “I Have A Dream” speech to happen around 12:30.)



March begins: Boyd Park at Selby & Farrington, St. Paul

Program: Minnesota State Capitol

(The program will happen south of Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. Boulevard, on the south mall near the War Memorials to avoid Capitol construction.)



Congressman Keith Ellison


SEIU Local 284

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota

SEIU Local 26

Nellie Stone Johnson Foundation

Shiloh Temple International Ministries


Neighborhoods Organizing for Change

Education Minnesota

Minnesotans for a Fair Economy

St. Paul Regional Labor Federation


A. Philip Randolph Institute

African American Action Coalition

Occupy Homes MN

MEDIA ADVISORY for Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.

Kate Brickman | Media Relations Coordinator, SEIU | 612-460-1219

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