Fourty-eight years after the March on Washington became the crowning achievement of the Civil Rights Movement, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being remembered with his own memorial on the National Mall.
At the same time, civil rights veterans are taking time to remember Bayard Rustin, the march’s chief organizer.
The Washington Post reports:
“When the anniversary comes around, frankly I think of Bayard as much as I think of King,” says Eleanor Holmes Norton. “King could hardly have given the speech if the march had not been so well attended and so well organized. If there had been any kind of disturbance, that would have been the story.”