Fifty years ago, 250,000 Americans converged on the nation's capitol for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and to pressure the Kennedy administration to pass a federal civil rights bill.
In addition to the civil rights legislation, the organizers and supporters agreed to these goals for the march:
— Immediate elimination of school segregation.
— A program of public works, including job training, for the unemployed.
— A federal law prohibiting discrimination in public or private hiring.
— A $2-an-hour minimum wage nationwide.
— Withholding federal funds from programs that tolerate discrimination.
— Enforcement of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution by reducing congressional representation from States that disenfranchise citizens.
— A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to currently excluded employment areas.
— Authority for the attorney general to institute injunctive suits when constitutional rights are violated.
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