VIDEO: We Marched With Martin
Monday, October 17th, 2011
Here is the unedited video of “We Marched With Martin,” a discussion featuring Drum Major Institute Chairman and Why Tuesday? founder William Wachtel, Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman John Dingell and Senator Harris Wofford, veterans of the civil rights movement. The event was hosted by our friends and colleagues at The Drum Major Institute.
Following the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Senator Wofford and Representative Dingell joined Ambassador Young for what can only be described as an incredible conversation about their work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, and the Occupy Wall Street protests today.
UPDATE: Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press has written a column about the event. Here’s a bit:
After Sunday’s dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., two old lions appeared at the nearby Newseum to talk of old times and important moments they experienced during the civil rights movement.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell of Michigan, the dean of Congress, and Andrew Young, who rose from the movement to become mayor of Atlanta and America’s ambassador to the United Nations, sat alongside former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford, a civil rights adviser to President John F. Kennedy, in a conversation called “We Marched With Martin,” sponsored by the Drum Major Institute.
Their words reminded that the movement was not spectacle. It was a way of life, one that must continue today.
The movement was a revolution that made connected soldiers of strangers. Decades later, Young pushed Dingell for analysis. And Dingell said that all that’s missing now is the spark.
“Very frankly, if you look, you’ll find significant backsliding with regard to what we call civil rights,” he said. “It’s getting harder for some folks to vote, getting harder for some people to move ahead in many important ways. … What we need today is the spark that we saw when Dr. King and others were willing to march and the spark when some of my more conservative friends all of a sudden moved more toward civil rights. They saw dogs turned loose on folks. They saw spraying water cans and fire hoses … they saw them using clubs. If you’ll remember Bull Connor saying, ‘Let those puppies loose,’ and people just said, ‘You know, that’s not right.'”
For the complete column, click here.