Julian Bond and the 1963 March on Washington


“We believed very strongly in our position that the Kennedy civil rights bill was not adequate, that it was weak and that the Democratic and Republican parties were too much alike and neither one of them as strong for civil rights as they should have been. We were fearful that the march would turn into sort of a campaign rally for John F. Kennedy’s reelection and didn’t want it to have that kind of political overtone.”

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