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MEDIA ADVISORY: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

August 14, 2013
Media Contact: Jill Rosen
Office: (443) 287-9960
Cell: (443) 547-8805

Lester K. Spence

Lester K. Spence, an expert in racial politics and American political thought, sociologist Katrina Bell McDonald, civil rights historian Nathan Connolly and historian Ronald Walters can discuss the impact of the March on Washington and its modern relevance on its 50th anniversary.

On Aug. 28, 1963, approximately a quarter million people converged on the nation’s capital to demand civil rights for African-Americans. This March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was one of the largest political rallies in history and where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech. This month, on the 50th anniversary of the seminal event, another march is planned, both to commemorate the original gathering and to protest recent events such as the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Lester Spence, an associate professor of political science in Johns Hopkins University’s Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, can offer perspective on the anniversary and the civil rights movement.

Katrina Bell McDonald

Spence’s most recent book, “Stare in the Darkness: The Limits of Hip-Hop and Black Politics,” was the 2013 National Conference of Black Political ScientistsBest Book Award winner. He has appeared on NPR and his work as been published in the Washington Post, thegrio, Salon, the American Journal of Political Science and the National Political Science Review.

Katrina Bell McDonald, an associate professor of sociology, specializes in activism in black womanhood and health and education disparities between black and white children in the inner city. She can discuss how and why Trayvon Martin has become a focus of the new march and other pressing issues for African Americans today.

McDonald teaches classes on “Race, Racism and Racial Privilege” and “The African-American Family.” She is the author of “Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity and Contemporary Black Women.” She has appeared on NPR and in The Baltimore Sun.

Nathan Connolly

Nathan Connolly is an assistant professor of history specializing in the intersection of civil rights and property rights in modern American history. He can discuss the march’s importance as a call for economic justice and how it was a revelation for many Americans on the civil rights movement’s size and scope.

Ronald Walters

Connolly’s new book is called “A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida.” He has appeared in The Baltimore Sun and on WYPR and C-SPAN’s American History TV.

Ronald Walters is a professor of history specializing in the social and cultural history of the United States, particularly in matters of race, radicalism and popular culture. He can speak on the long history of marches on Washington and their effectiveness.

Walters has written books on the American anti-slavery and reform movements. He has appeared in The Baltimore Sun and theGrio.

To speak to Spence, McDonald, Connolly or Walters, please contact Jill Rosen at 443-287-9960, 443-547-8805 or jrosen@jhu.edu.


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