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DuSable, Pullman Porter museum events to mark anniversary

Updated: September 24, 2013 6:38AM



While thousands will make the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., this weekend for events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Chicagoans can mark the historic moment here.

Major commemoration events are planned Saturday through the Aug. 28 anniversary at the DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Pl., and the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, 10406 S. Maryland.

“Many times, we hear our young people say, ‘I wish I’d been there.’ We want to give them a sense of that,” said DuSable CEO/President Carol Adams.

DuSable will host a re-enactment of the march from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with a community event, “March on Washington: The Remix,” to follow.

Featured speakers include Chicago heavy hitters in civil rights, politics and social justice, alongside youths such as 10-year-old Chicago Public Schools student Zyon Nichols, who electrified crowds during school-closings protests. Nichols will deliver King’s famous speech.

The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum, named for the man whose Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters funded the 1963 march, will host a series of activities from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, including lectures and a forum on the march. On Sunday, it will host a museum fund-raiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., where descendants of the Brotherhood will recount stories of their relatives whose unionizing helped fuel the movement. A third event, “The March on Washington: A Youth & Young Adult Perspective,” will be held Aug. 28.

“It’s long past time for our elders to pass the torch, to train and nurture the next generation of leaders,” David Peterson, president of the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum said. “The event on the 28th will give our youth an opportunity to capture all of this energy in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, and run with it. It won’t be about talking. It will be about what they’re going to do.”

Maudlyne Ihejirika



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