It's time for us to march on Tallahassee
Queen Brown | 8/29/2013, 9 a.m.
Last week, people from all across America gathered in Washington D.C., to march for equal rights and opportunities. The marchers demonstrated against the social injustices, disparities and lack of opportunities that black and brown people in the U.S. face every day. The march and the protests were reminiscent of events that took place during the 1960s.
After the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the spark that fueled the civil rights movement was sadly extinguished. In a sense, the movement came to a slow but inevitable halt. Perhaps the reason is because some people, including many Blacks, believed that they have finally achieved equality in this nation. But looking at life in 2013, we realize that such a notion is no more than a delusion. Neither affirmative action nor the establishment of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have been enough to guarantee Blacks rights that are promised in clear view in the Constitution and the Amendments. Thus, while some of us have made great strides forward, the truth remains that until we as a people are free, none of us are free. Just ask Oprah Winfrey.
As Americans, we understand that the fight for civil rights and equal opportunities will always be relevant. Therefore, we must continue to fight for our rights and to protect the progress that has been made during the civil rights movement. We must unite as one in our local communities before moving outside of our communities. We still have many reasons to march and protest —just as we did during the turbulent 60s. We must be willing to march now, just as we were then.
Last week buses loaded with Floridians traveled hundreds of miles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. For some it was their first time being engaged in civil unrest. For others protesting has been something they’ve done all of their lives. But we shouldn’t wait for national marches in D.C. to voice our displeasure. We need to march on the powers that be right here in Florida — now. We must take to the streets and march for equal rights and social justice for all. We must march for our civil rights, restoration of rights, equal rights, common sense gun laws, immigration reform, peace and justice in our local communities before we get on another bus — unless that bus is headed towards Tallahassee.
Queen Brown is a freelance writer, a motivational speaker and a trained crime victim’s advocate.