What the March on Washington Can Teach Us About the Fight for Black Queer Freedom

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08/25/2023

August 28 will mark the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. During that march, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. declared his dream and Congressman John Lewis declared his impatience. Marian Anderson and Mahalia Jackson sang but did not speak. And Bayard Rustin, the man who organized it all, a Black gay man, remained in the background—as did the freedoms of people who lived like him and loved like him. At this year’s march, the freedoms of the Black LGBTQIA+ community—along with the freedom to vote, the freedom to organize, the freedom of bodily autonomy, among many more—will be front and center. Our movement has grown—and so has the urgency of our fight.

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