Bernard LafayetteDistinguished Scholar-in-Residence Bernard Lafayette was interviewed in the Michigan Chronicle and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a first-person source on the March on Washington, which celebrated its 50th anniversary on Wednesday, August 27. 

"What JFK was concerned about is that these demonstrations and these marches showed discontent with the system. It made it a little more difficult for him to try to tell the rest of the world to look at us as a model when you had people complaining and protesting that they were not treated as equal citizens. In spite of that, we felt that we had been waiting too long."

Read the full Michigan Chronicle article, "March on Washington: An Oral History, 'It Was Like A Civil Rights Woodstock'":

“There’s a direct connection that most people don’t make. Had it not been for the Birmingham movement we would not have had a March on Washington.”

Read the full AJC article, "Civil rights veterans commit to continue the work":