Saturday, August 31, 2013

Civil Rights Leaders Share Their Memories From The March On Washington - On The "CBS Evening News"

CBS Evening News

Civil Rights leaders Andrew Young, Julian Bond and Marian Wright Edelman shared their memories from the March on Washington on its 50th anniversary in an interview that was broadcast tonight, Aug. 28 on the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY (6:30-7:00 PM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
        Young, Bond and Wright Edelman attended the March on Washington in 1963 and returned for the anniversary. Pelley sat down with them at the historic Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. finished writing his famous speech, which he delivered 50 years ago today.
        Click here to watch the interview. A transcript is below.
ANDREW YOUNG: When the trains started unloading from the South and trainload from Philadelphia, and then the movie stars flew in, then I realized that this was something big.
SCOTT PELLEY: On that day, what did you think would be achieved by the March on Washington?  What could be accomplished?
JULIAN BOND: Dr. King’s speech, and in the speeches of the other people, we had explained, “Here are the problems we are facing. These are the reasons why we’re here. We’re marching. We’re protesting. We’re sitting in.  We’ve had several years of disruption around the country, and we’ve shown you about it. Now do something about it.”
ANDREW YOUNG: The Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Martin Luther King set out to redeem the soul of America from the triple evils of racism, war and poverty. Now, I think we’ve made enormous progress on legal racism. We’ve made progress on war. But we have retrogressed on poverty.
MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN: I am so worried about this country moving backwards. A child is dropping out of school every eight seconds. If 60 percent of all of your children cannot read and compute at grade level, you are not going to be a strong, competitive nation. And we need to just see the growing gap between the poor and the rich, and the wealth and income inequality at an unprecedented stage with poor children are everywhere.
SCOTT PELLEY: For decades, CBS News has been polling Americans about their views on race. And we have a brand new poll on that subject. We asked whether there is real hope of ending racial discrimination. In this new poll, it’s 52 percent, the very first time there’s ever been a majority saying that racial discrimination in our country could end. Why is that happening?
ANDREW YOUNG: Because it’s happening. I mean, the truth of it is the University of Georgia elected a black student government president, as did the University of Alabama few years back and Mississippi State. To me, the hope of dealing with racism is in the South because we’ve been struggling with it for several hundred years, and we really are making progress.
SCOTT PELLEY: We have a photograph of a young Julian Bond and a young Marian Wright in the crowd. What’s happening in that moment?
JULIAN BOND: “We Shall Overcome” had become the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement. People are leaving, going home, and we’re standing there hand-in-hand singing “We Shall Overcome.”
SCOTT PELLEY: And if you said to a young person, “If you don’t take anything else away from the March on Washington, understand this.”                            
ANDREW YOUNG: Understand that the struggle continues, and the future is in your hands, in your heart, in your mind.

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