ESSENCE attended the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 24 to see what moved people to attend and what they hope will change in the next 50 years.
March On Washington
Jailyn Anderson, 19, from Miami, Fla. a communications major at Howard University in Washington, D.C. came with her mother, Alicia Sherman-Anderson, 42, who graduated from Howard University in 1992.Jailyn: “I came because it’s the 50th anniversary and I wanted to experience it. I like the idea of people randomly getting together for a common goal and cause. In the next 50 years, because I’m a student, I’d like to see more aid to students and more loans with lower interest rates.”Alicia: “I came to the march to be a part of history and to witness all of the races coming together for one common goal—you can feel it in the atmosphere. In 50 years, I definitely hope there is equal pay as far as the genders. I hope the laws have changed as far as the Voting Rights. It doesn’t make sense that some of us can’t vote.”