Black conservatives reflect on 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

8/23/2013, 2:42 a.m.

— But when I read dire statistics about urban communities and the decline of marriage and family in our country at large, it is obvious that fewer of us are connecting with Dr. King's Dream. This is unacceptable. We talk too much about what the past did wrong than what is just and good right now. We've allowed our hearts to grow cold towards opportunity in the absence of hope.

Project 21's Demetrius Minor, an evangelist in southeastern Virginia and former White House intern, said:

This is a wonderful time for all Americans to commemorate the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for justice and equality. To ensure that this dream was not mere vanity, we must continue to view our neighbors by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin.

We have a grand opportunity to move America forward by embracing each other with the love of our Creator. When this becomes our priority, Dr. King's vision would be accomplished.

Project 21's Stacy Swimp, the president of the Frederick Douglass Society in Michigan, says this celebration is only a brief respite in the ongoing struggle to maintain equal access to opportunity for those who seek it. Swimp said:

I am happy to stand with freedom-loving Americans of every race and creed in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The contributions of A. Philip Randolph; James Farmer; John Lewis; Dr. Martin. L. King, Jr.; Roy Wilkins; Whitney Young and so many others in organizing and executing this march paved a way for every American child to have a fair opportunity to experience American exceptionalism and economic independence.

I pray that we continue to honor the sacrifices of those who came before us by upholding their dedication to preventing racism and classism in education through school choice and to maintaining a strong free market where neither public or private work opportunities are hindered by Big Government.

This is not only a time of celebration. It is also an opportunity for us, as a nation, to reflect and determine who we have been, what we have done and where we have gone as well as who we still need to become, what we need to do, and where we need to go in order to ensure job opportunities and economic freedom are guaranteed for all who are willing to compete and take individual responsibility to pass on freedom to the next generation— as it was fought for and passed on to us.

Freedom is not free. That is why our predecessors marched in 1963. That is why we must continue their work today.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for nearly two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. For more information, visit the website: http://www.nationalcenter.org.