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“Pre-March on Miami” prepares for coming March on Washington

Recognizing anniversary of historic moment 50 years ago

8/7/2013, 11:45 a.m.

To commemorate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the historic March on Washington, Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2; the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Miami-Dade Chapter; and the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church have joined forces and will hold a special “Pre-March on Miami” on August 18 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Pre-March is in preparation for the actual anniversary of the March on Washington which occurred on August 28,1963.

The Pre-March on Miami will begin at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church, 2330 N.W. 93rd Street, and travel east to 22nd Avenue, south to 87th Street, west to 23rd Avenue and north to 93rd Street.

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Monestime

The march will conclude with a special church service at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church at 11 a.m. “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” galvanized the nation to expand civil rights to everyone, regardless of race, creed or national origin. 

The 1963 march and its call for equal rights resonate today with renewed urgency,” said Commissioner Monestime. “I urge everyone to participate in our local ‘Pre-March on Miami’ and renew our commitment to the fight for justice and equal rights in the 21st Century.”

Lovette McGill, president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of A. Philip Randolph Institute, said her favorite part about the march will be reliving the dream. “We have to remind people from whence we came,” Even though its been 50 years ago, we’re facing some of the same identical struggles and the lights now shine again on what has been hidden and that is racism.”

“As clergy man with the same mindset [as King], my job is to keep the dream alive and having the pre-march in Miami is one of the ways to do just that,” Rev. Carl Johnson, pastor of 93rd Street Community Baptist Church said.

“It’s keeping the dream alive [and showing] that we still care for the same values.”

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Johnson

Other local churches that will be involved are: Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Friendship Baptist Church, New Harvest Missionary Baptist Church, New Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Greater New Macedonian Baptist Church.

Congregations will leave after the march to continue services at their church homes. Johnson will preach a sermon related to the march. The sermon is titled “the work is greater than the warfare.”

Monestime said the country is still dealing with the issues the organizers 50 years ago were dealing with, such as: civil rights, police brutality, racial discrimination, public and private hiring and salary.

“These issues are still prevalent today and because of that we wanted to learn from our forebrothers and sisters in the early-60s who actually worked and fought the illumination of our nation at all levels,” he said. “And we want to do our share today.”